Fort Worth Agrees To $2 Million Settlement In Taser Death

FORT WORTH (May 18, 2010)--Fort Worth officials have approved a $2 million settlement with the family of a man who died after police used a Taser to subdue him.

Fort Worth admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement with relatives of Michael Patrick Jacobs, Jr., whose death in 2009 was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner said the 24-year-old was shocked twice, the first time for 49 seconds, which is much longer than the Taser is designed to deliver shocks, and the next for 5 seconds.

The officer involved wasn't disciplined or indicted.

Jacobs' family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, which doesn't limit the amount a city could be forced to pay, unlike cases filed in state court.

Jacobs had bipolar disorder and was causing a disturbance before his family called police.



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