Jury vindicates law enforcement officers in taser case

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A Federal Court jury in Tucson has found that two Pima County Sheriff's Department employees did not use excessive force when arresting a man at a concert in May of 2003. Frank Sanchez filed the lawsuit for more than $2 million in 2005, alleging that Lt. Karl Woolridge and former Deputy Donald Doyle used excessive force when they used a taser on him prior to his arrest.

As a result of the verdict, Sanchez was awarded no compensation. The incident took place at a concert at Old Tucson Studios. The Pima County Sheriff's Department started using tasers on a limited basis in 2001, according to a Department press release, and they have been issued to all deputies since then. The release goes on to say, "The taser has led to many confrontations being quickly resolved with minimal injuries, and has proven itself as a useful and effective tool over and over."