Tasers

Public Safety
3:23 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Lawsuit aims to change Hamilton County Taser policies

Gary Roell
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The family of a man who died after being Tased by Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies is suing the county. The federal civil rights and wrongful death suit alleges deputies acted unreasonably.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein says Gary Roell, Sr. was experiencing a mental health emergency when he was Tased six times.

"This case has aspects of failure to train, failure to have proper policies for encountering mentally ill citizens, as well as improper Taser use," says Gerhardstein.

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Tasers
4:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hamilton County police release Taser guidance report

Amnesty International's May 2013 report says the number of Taser deaths since 2001 nationally total 540.
Taser International

It was this report, released by attorney Al Gerhardstein a year ago, that helped prompt the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police to study Tasers and issue a guidance report. Chairman of the committee that wrote the report, Joseph Lally, stresses his group did not have any intention of establishing a blanket policy.

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Hamilton County Sheriff
12:55 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sheriff: Taser use appropriate in overnight incident

Gary Roell
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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says deputies who used a Taser early Tuesday morning to subdue a man resisting arrest appear to have followed department protocols.

59-year-old Gary Roell stopped breathing after the incident and was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital.

"These are instances where you are justified in deploying a Taser: in protection of others, including yourself; and to meet the resistance of someone who is not complying, who is resisting arrest, to gain control of the situation," says Neil.

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Tasers
1:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Taser lawsuit ultimately wants police reform

Corey McGinnis died after being Tased June 26, 2012.
WCPO

The family of a Cincinnati man who was Tased and then died last year, has filed suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers.

Attorney Al Garhardstein, representing the family of Corey McGinnis Sr., says Sgt. Ryan Schrand hit McGinnis in the chest after an altercation at a basketball game. Gerhardstein says this happened more than two years after Taser International issued a warning to police to avoid the chest area.

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Law
12:39 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Settlement reached in UC Taser case

The family of Everette Howard Jr. with attorney Al Gerhardstein
WVXU file photo

The family of a man who died after being tased by a University of Cincinnati police officer has settled its claims with the university and officer Richard Haas.  After Everette Howard Jr. died in August 2011, UC police took all of their Tasers out of service. 

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