A Harris County jury today awarded $3 million to the mother of a mentally ill man who died after he was shocked 18 times with a Taser stun gun and hogtied during an arrest.
Shirley Nagel sued four deputies with the Precinct One Constable's Office after they detained her son in 2005 on a mental health warrant. Casey's death was later ruled a homicide.
The Houston Chronicle reports jurors found that three of the four deputies used unreasonable and excessive force against 52-year-old Joel Don Casey.
Casey was arrested in his mother's home. After he complained one
of the handcuffs hurt him, deputies used a Taser on him. His mother's attorney says Casey was thrown down on the street and hogtied before one deputy dropped a knee on his neck and popped his head back.
Assistant Harris County Attorney Frank Sanders said the deputies were not trying to hurt Casey.
He says Casey was resisting the deputies, who have the dangerous job of doing thousands of mental commitments a year. The county
planned to appeal the verdict.
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