Millvale settles lawsuit in Taser case for $37,000

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Millvale paid $37,500 to resolve a lawsuit filed by a resident who was shocked with a Taser while handcuffed, according to documents released to the Post-Gazette.

Officer Nicole Murphy shocked Thomas Jason James Smith repeatedly in September 2012, according to the complaint he filed in U.S. District Court. Arrested for drunkenness and handcuffed, he banged his head against a desk, prompting the officer to use the Taser, he claimed.

The borough provided a release signed May 13 in response to a request under the right-to-know act. The release indicates that the borough “denies any and all liability whatsoever,” and is settling only to avoid the costs of litigation.

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