A Chicago man recently filed a lawsuit against the Chicago police, claiming
he was wrongfully identified and tased unnecessarily. Josue Tapia was
pulled over by police in May of 2010 for not coming to a complete stop
at a stop sign, but he was allowed to go soon afterwards. He didn’t
make it very far, however, before he was stopped by police again. The
police claimed Tapia had violated other traffic laws then, according to
Tapia, they pushed him to the ground and tased him nearly a dozen times
in less than 5 minutes. Tapia claims the attack was unprovoked.
Tapia spent a week in the hospital to recover from the Taser attack. He
believes the Chicago police mistook him for someone else with a similar
name, someone who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The police
claimed Tapia resisted and fought back and thus charged him with aggravated
battery and resisting arrest. That case went to trial, and Tapia was found
not guilty just last week. Tapia and his lawyers believe the police brought
the charges against Tapia to cover up the Taser use and to create justification
for the Taser attack.
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