Las Vegas police paying $500K to settle stun gun death case

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Las Vegas police have agreed to pay $500,000 to the 79-year-old mother of a man whose 2011 death in police custody spurred changes in the department’s policy on the use of stun guns.

Attorney Peter Goldstein represented Anthony Jones’ mother, Rosie Lee Mathews, in a federal excessive force, negligence and civil rights lawsuit.

Goldstein said Wednesday the department no longer allows more than one officer at a time to use a stun gun on the same person.

Jones was 44 when he died after Officer Mark Hatten shocked him 10 times for more than 90 seconds and Officer Timothy English shocked him twice for a combined 10 seconds after a traffic stop and scuffle.

Police determined neither officer violated policy, and a federal judge in Las Vegas found in the department’s favor.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned that decision last year.

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