Lawsuit: McKees Rocks police used Taser on handcuffed grandfather

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A dispute over noisy kids ended with the grandfather of five children handcuffed, tasered and jailed by McKees Rocks police, according to a lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court.

John R. Williams Jr., 66, claimed in the lawsuit that in a June 2011 dispute, a neighbor's grandson yelled at his five grandchildren, ages 5 to 10, ordering them to stop playing in a common area of their apartment building. That escalated into an argument, and McKees Rocks police responded.

Officer Shaun Weisenbach, according to the complaint, "grabbed Mr. Williams around his throat, placing him in an arm bar chokehold and forcibly threw Mr. Williams to the floor of his porch. ... After Mr. Williams was handcuffed Officer Christopher Price tasered Mr. Willliams in his torso."

The officers arrested Mr. Williams, refused to let him call the grandchildren's parents, and took him to jail, according to the complaint. Online court records indicate that they filed disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threats against him, but all charges were withdrawn.

The complaint filed by the Duquesne Law School Law Clinic seeks "in excess of $250,000" in compensation for damages.

The solicitor of McKees Rocks, Officer Weisenbach and police Chief Robert Cifrulak could not be reached for comment.

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


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