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Dallas Police Officer Sues Over Injury During Taser Training

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD)  – In January of 2009, then Dallas Police officer Andrew Butler was getting training on use of the department’s Taser stun gun. Like everyone else he signed a release form.

What attorney Mark Haney says Butler didn’t know was a number of officers had previously been injured in the training.

“There have been hundreds of officers injured in the course of training by taking these kinds of taser hits” said Haney.

Butler claims he was ‘tased’ for five seconds but the shock caused such severe muscle contractions he herniated three discs in his neck and suffered a compression fracture in his back.

Steve Tuttle of Taser International says, “they’ve supported that our warnings are sufficient for anybody that goes through a training course.”

Because Butler signed the release form the courts have ruled Taser International is not liable.

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