Grand jury indicts Millvale officer in Taser incident

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A federal grand jury has indicted Millvale police Officer Nicole Murphy in relation to a September 2012 incident in which she is accused of repeatedly using a Taser on a handcuffed man, according to court documents made available today.

In the indictment, presented to a judge Tuesday, the grand jury alleged that Officer Murphy, 30, of Shaler, "used and attempted to use on T.S.'s person a dangerous weapon, namely a Taser, multiple times in drive-stun and probe-stun modes" while the subject was handcuffed.

The Post-Gazette reported last week that Millvale paid $37,500 to Thomas Jason James Smith to resolve a lawsuit filed in relation to the same incident. He had claimed that Officer Murphy shocked him repeatedly after he was arrested for drunkenness and handcuffed. He had banged his head against a desk prior to being shocked with the Taser, according to his complaint.

Officer Murphy is now charged with deprivation of rights under color of law. Assistant U.S. attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting the case.

Officer Murphy could not be reached at her home or at the station. Millvale police Chief Derek Miller could not be reached.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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