A federal lawsuit alleges that an 80-year-old Kansas man was pursued by police and tased by a deputy for driving 3 mph over the speed limit, cc @billybinion @radleybalko https://t.co/4nLpn2Cm7N— andy 🇺🇸 (@andyjabbour) April 13, 2023
On April 16, 2021, 80-year old John J. Sigg was clocked by an Iola, Kansas officer going 38 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. A pursuit began.
Sigg drove straight to a car lot operated by his family. When he got out of his car, officers surrounded him and two officers from nearby Chanute, Kansas, drew their guns, the lawsuit said.
“Sigg looked at them quizzically and raised his hands,” the lawsuit stated. That’s when Stotler demanded that Sigg get on the ground and without warning, used the Taser on him, even though the maker of the stun gun had warned against using it on the elderly.
Sign has filed a lawsuit naming Allen County Sheriff Bryan J. Murphy and former Deputy Joseph Stotler. Sigg’s lawsuit seeks $250,000 in actual damages and an equal amount in punitive damages.
The lawsuit said Sigg was unaware police were following him even though law enforcement vehicles from other departments joined the pursuit in an area that is about 100 miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri.
“At no time after exiting his vehicle did Sigg make a hostile motion or make physical or verbal threats,” the lawsuit stated. “There was no risk that the 80 year old man was going to run from the officers and they had no concern that Sigg had a firearm.” More at fox23
Seriously? What’s with the use of such excessive force and zero situational awareness?