Family sues Shelby Township over Taser use on man who died

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The family of a man who died in August after police used a Taser to subdue him have filed a lawsuit against a Macomb County community and five officers involved.

The suit alleges police in Shelby Township violated the civil rights of 49-year-old Steven Spears by striking him with Tasers, and beating and suffocating him while they were restraining him.

The Detroit Free Press says the family seeks more than $75,000 in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Police say they found Spears running through traffic wearing only his underwear. They say they used the Taser gun to subdue him with an electrical shock.

He lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A medical examiner later ruled Tasers were not a factor in Spears' death.


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