The use of Tasers by law enforcement is a topic of controversy. Over the past few years, multiple deaths have been reported in North Carolina as a result of the use of Tasers. The families of the victims are left grieving, their only source of compensation available through a North Carolina wrongful death case.
As 2012 comes to an end, the parents of La-Reko Williams filed a wrongful death case against the Charlotte police department and the company that manufactures Tasers. Wrongful death cases in North Carolina fall under a statute of limitations that requires a lawsuit be filed within two years of the date of death. Filing the lawsuit just a year and a half after Williams’ death, his family has adequately met the time restriction.
Williams was caught in a dispute at a Charlotte train station where witnesses claim he was beating and choking a woman, allegedly his girlfriend. Although he had no weapons, police used a Taser twice, which caused Williams to go into cardiac arrest.
Just a few short years before in 2008, a 17-year-old grocery worker was killed after officers used a Taser twice on him. The city of Charlotte repeatedly denied wrongdoing and settled the teen’s case for $625,000.