Man Left Paralyzed Sues LA Sheriff's Office

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who was left a paraplegic after a Los
Angeles County sheriff's deputy shocked him with a stun gun has
sued the department.

Blake Dupree filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging
battery, assault and negligence.

The lawsuit states Dupree was standing on the top bunk of a jail
bed with his hands raised defensively in February 2007 when a
deputy stunned him with a Taser gun and he fell to the concrete
floor.

Dupree's attorney says a sheriff's supervisor had authorized the
use of the Taser because Dupree refused to submit to electronic
fingerprinting.

According to the lawsuit, Dupree was dragged into another room
after his fall instead of receiving medical treatment. He was left
paralyzed from the chest down.

The 22-year-old Dupree had been arrested for allegedly taking
his mother's car without permission.


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