Medical Student Sues Police Over Taser Use

A medical student who claims he was tackled and shocked with a stun gun while being told to "stop acting like such a girl" during a police sweep of a popular nightclub area has sued five law enforcement officers he claims violated his civil rights.

Mehrdad Alemozaffar, 27, filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against three police officers and two sheriff's deputies.

Alemozaffar, who is set to begin a medical residency at Harvard University this fall, said he was tackled, handcuffed and shocked at least 10 times with a Taser on Dec. 17 as police made a sweep of
the popular North Beach area around 2 a.m.

Deputy City Attorney Sean Connolly said Alemozaffar, at the time a medical student at the University of California, Los Angeles, had disobeyed a police order to leave the area and resisted arrest.

"It defies common sense that the police or sheriff would go out of the way to Taser someone who's not doing anything illegal or not disobeying a lawful order or not resisting arrest," Connolly said.

Sheriff Mike Hennessey said evidence from the stun gun indicates it was fired three times that night, one of which was probably a test.


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