Missouri man shocked in jail cell wins civil rights settlement

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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) – A southeast Missouri man who says he was shocked with a stun-gun while handcuffed in jail has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against a small southwestern Illinois police force.

Yancy Carden of Sikeston, Missouri, sued Washington Park over his April arrest following a dispute about a $200 bar tab at a St. Clair County strip club.

At about 2:45 into the video the officer and Carden start an exchange that leads to the use of the stun gun.

“You’re going to lose your job.” said Yancy Carden.

“Good, I’ll lose my job.” said the officer.

“You’re like the police in Ferguson Missouri.” said Yancy Carden.

“And you’re like the guys in Ferguson Missouri.” said the officer.

“Huh?” said Yancy Carden.

“I’m not stuttering” said the officer.

That is when the officer tases Carden.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Carden and the village tentatively agreed to settle a complaint in which he sought at least $100,000 in damages. Online records don’t indicate the amount.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says his office reviewed the case but declined to file charges against the accused officer. He no longer works for the department.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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