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.
It was just last week a Cincinnati attorney released a report critical of Taser usage by area police departments. Now those departments are forming a task force to get more information.
The 18 page report from attorney Al Gerhardstein criticized the departments for not banning upper chest shots, and not adequately warning that Tasers can lead to death. Gerhardstein's firm is representing the family of Everette Howard, one of four local Taser deaths in the past four years.
A Cincinnati law firm representing one of four Taser victims in the past four years in Hamilton County is out with a new report it hopes will prompt police agencies to change the way they use the weapon.