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November 23, 2012

McAlester police Taser incident spurs Million dollar lawsuit



The suit alleges that before the police video was released, Taylor tried to cover up his actions in a use of foce report he made to his supervisor.
 “By not reporting that Williams was handcuffed while he tased her in his Use of Force Report to his supervisor ... the McAlester Police Department found him to have acted ‘within policy.’”
The suit alleges the force used by Taylor was “excessive, unreasonable and wrongful.”  
 The use of force used by Taylor in shooting Williams while she was handcuffed was done in violation of McAlester Police Department’s policies and guidelines, according to the lawsuit.
Because the city of McAlester employed Taylor, it had the duty to properly “train, educate, supervise and investigate” its officers including Taylor and that Chief Lyles has a duty to protect the public by requiring adequate investigation of police officers before they are hired, according to the lawsuit. “Lyles and the City have not enforced or implemented policies to properly investigate uses of force by officers ...  or to discipline them when force is used in “violation of the law, suspects rights or internal department policy”
The suit alleges that the City and Lyles “failed to investigate” Taylor’s “violent” work history prior to hiring him which constituted a reckless disregard for the rights of Williams “whose rights were later violated” by Taylor.
And the suit states that Taylor continued to be involved with, and instigate, an unusually high number of “violent confrontations” with suspects compared to other McAlester officers  the suit also alleges that at no time did Lyles or the City seek to monitor, supervise or investigate (Taylor) regarding his use of “violent force” against suspects.
Since 2010, the suit alleges Taylor deployed his taser on suspects ten times while all other officers combined deployed their tasers only seven times.

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