Trial underway over man’s 2011 stun gun death in Ferguson

BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16: A representative from Taser International fires the companies latest X26 stun gun during the Police Federation Conference at Winter Gardens on May 16, 2007 in Blackpool, England. British Home Secretary John Reid announced today that more Taser guns could be deployed on the streets of the UK by frontline police officers. The Taser's which stun a person with up to 50,000 volts, and can currently only be carried by armed response officers have some under harsh criticism from Amnesty International who claim more than 70 deaths in Canada and America have been linked to the weapon. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A federal trial is underway in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson police over the 2011 stun-gun death of a naked, unarmed black man.

Testimony began Tuesday in Jason Moore’s family’s case against the St. Louis suburb, its former police chief and officer Brian Kaminski.

The lawsuit says the 31-year-old Moore was suffering from a psychological disorder when police confronted him as he ran naked down a street yelling “God is good” and “I am Jesus.”

The lawsuit alleges Kaminski used excessive force by repeatedly using a stun gun on Moore. Defense attorneys say Moore was combative and didn’t comply with officers’ commands.

Moore died three years before the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, thrust Ferguson into the spotlight over police treatment of minorities.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,