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City Pays 50K In Taser Lawsuit

A man tased after a traffic stop in February 2009 was awarded $50,000 last week through a civil lawsuit against two Columbia police officers.

The case was dismissed with prejudice in Missouri’s Western District U.S. Court through mediation, with each party ordered to bear its own fees and court costs. The suit alleged violations of civil rights, negligence, assault and battery.

The plaintiff, Cadilac Derrick, 24, could not be reached for comment. His attorney, Samuel Trapp, and the officers’ attorney, Robert Krehbiel, declined to comment.

Soon after the lawsuit’s filing, a Columbia police spokeswoman claimed much of the information in the suit to be incorrect and said police reports supported the officers’ actions. Columbia police declined to comment today on the resolution of the case.

“We urge the public to follow this case very carefully,” former police spokeswoman Jessie Haden said when the suit was filed.

On Feb. 24, 2009, Derrick was driving his registered Subaru down Providence Road when Officers Tim Giger and John Logan pulled him over, according to the lawsuit. Both officers are now assigned to the investigations unit.

A video shows the incident captured by police cameras. The officers approached each side of the car, in which Derrick’s girlfriend, Amanda Reed, and her 3-year-old child were passengers. Derrick handed officers his license and registration and asked why he was being pulled over. One officer can then be heard telling Derrick to get out of the car.

Derrick remained seated and asked for his license back. At that point, Haden said, Derrick reached for his waistband and toward the console, and the officer on the passenger side fired his Taser through the window, according to police reports. Derrick thrashed and fell from the car, then attempted to run. A scuffle can be heard outside the view of the camera.

According to the lawsuit, the officers assaulted Derrick, “placing him in a chokehold, beating him with their fists and knees” and then sprayed mace into his eye. Derrick was then arrested. Trapp said previously the officers appeared disappointed when no weapon or marijuana was found in the vehicle.

Criminal charges filed against Derrick for resisting arrest were dismissed just before Trapp filed the lawsuit in July 2010. Trapp said the prosecutor couldn’t show Derrick knew why he was being detained, which resulted in a dismissal of charges.

An internal affairs investigation found Logan and Giger acted properly.

Trapp has been an outspoken opponent of Taser use. He was shot with one of the devices in August 2008 during a driving while intoxicated stop in which police said he resisted arrest. Trapp later pleaded guilty to the DWI charge. The Jefferson City attorney said he was working Taser-related cases long before his own incident and said he is against Taser use for compliance.

“I’m not in a popularity contest. I don’t care if cops or prosecutors don’t like me,” he said previously. “I think what I am doing is right and will be happy to be schooled in it if a jury thinks I am wrong.”

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Added: Jan-16-2012 Occurred On: Jan-16-2012
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  • Police sure do delight in tormenting others. When will we ban these torture devices, and punish police for their evil behavior?

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  • the 50K should come out of the 2 cops pay, then you'll see this shit stop overnight

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  • I think she ran into that store because she saw that 'Now Hiring!' sign, not to get help. Hell I would too, I am broke as hell

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  • Quite a waste of money when you consider that settlement was paid from taxes.

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  • Aren't tasers supposed to be used when the alternative is shooting someone?? Would they have shot him for not getting out of the car the millisecond after they asked him??

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  • She ran inside to call more police!

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    • @Momus
      "AUDIO" SKIP at frame 2:29. IF that piece of audio was recovered it would be revealed why he was being pulled over. Somehow I believe it may have not been true and provedly so and the lawsuit would be substantially more. You can't make up charges.

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  • Take these lethal weapons away from cops, now. They've proven time and time again they cannot use them properly and in the end, the tax payer pays for the gestapo's mistakes. Its not fair for the victims and its certainly not fair for tax payers.

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    • @myCondolences Tasers are far from lethal weapons.

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    • @Flanuva
      Tasers have been the cause of death on multiple account. They increase the stress on the heart and have been known to induce heart attacks.
      Even if the probability of death is 1%, who is to say that you deserve taking a 1% chance of death? Imagine if I were to electrically shock you and tell you had a 99% chance of living, would you willingly take that chance?

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    • @myCondolences Would you rather have the police go to using pepper spray and mace, where there is still a 1% chance of someone having an allergic or chemical reaction and dying? Or they could use batons and just beat the suspect until they comply. Or how about just using a bean bag round from a shot gun? There is no ideal non-lethal weapon, but a taser is better than nothing.

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    • @NightCrawler How about using 'words'? Or is that too complicated for the majority of officers who are hired based on their low IQ?

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    • @rhapsodical78 'Words' will not coerce an uncooperative suspect; a jolt of electricity will.

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  • tere must be somthing wrong in the head of the american police to act this way. Monkeys.

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    • @ComDiver Hey bud, come visit fine cities like Camden, Newark, Trenton and Detroit here in the U.S. first, before you make a comment, until then shut your fucking mouth.

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    • @YourMotha I dont need to visit your crapy towns, i see the crapy mindless police you got all over the internett. Shut my mouth? you and what army is going to make me? LOL you think you rule the world. Worthless pice of shit.

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    • @sperrabbit44 Do you think ouer criminals run round with a rose in the mouth? lol you have no idea. But still we manage to get them in the jail without beating, shoting and electrecuting.

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  • "Blacks make up 14% of those who use drugs, yet 36 percent of those arrested are Blacks and it ends up that 63% of those who finally end up in prison are Blacks. This has to change. We don’t have to have more courts and more prisons. We need to repeal the whole war on drugs."

    -Ron Paul talking about inner-city minorities and how they are punished unfairly in war on drugs.


    I'm not here to defend blacks. I'm here to defend the liberties and equal rights of all Americans including m More..

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  • i dont get it why is he getting money i hope he smokes it all

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  • Don't they have any shame?
    In front of a woman and a three year old kid? That kid will be afraid of cops for the rest of his life, he might just hate them. The police is making criminals.
    Idiots!
    They could have insisted verbally without any agression.

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  • Note to self: Do not comply an officers order to step out of my car..run..get an ass whooping..Cha Ching! Silly me being polite all of these years.

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  • Total inappropriate behaviour. It's clearly not too much to ask what's the reason for being pulled over hence it doesn't cost too much to give a short answer. He didn't show any aggression at all. This stuff happens if you give power to people that are not used to it and probably even had a bad childhood. This cop is acting like the guy in his car is his thrall. Give him someme medicine for his mental disorder instead of a taser.

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  • fucking cops,,, always protecting us and bullshit!

    I joke i joke...

    Cops always get pissed when you question there actions. its fucking shit,

    The cops where clearly wrong in this case.

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  • Land of the free?

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  • cops are arseholes sometimes!

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  • The fact that these idiot cops tased the guy with a 3 year old baby in the car is fucked up. What if they would have accidentally hit the baby and killed him? I also don't think it very likely that a guy with a baby is reaching for a gun.
    I think we have two more white racist cops here who were happy go lucky with their tasers due to their desire to control people. (i.e. racist small dick syndrome.) It is Missouri after all.

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    • @texase30 Lets figure this out. Two seats in front of a Subaru with a butt filling each seat. Do you think there is a possibility the child was in the back seat? Hmmm, that is a great possibility. Are you the authority on penis size of different professions?

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  • Anybody called "Cadilac" deserves to have the shit tased out of them IMO.

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  • I'm going to have to say not a life-threatening, tazer-worthy situation.

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  • Anyone hear the "AUDIO" SKIP at frame 2:29. Interesting.

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    • @gotoschool I bet the video was released by his scum bag lawyer. I am not a cop but after reading about all the Police Officers killed in the last few years is it any wonder they dont have patience. I know I wouldnt. Also I bet if you check the guy involved is probably a piece of s--t. Any other law abiding citizen would have got out of the car and followed the Officer's instruction. If he would have listened he probably would have gotten off with a warning.

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  • Sounds like the attorney has as good of a record as the driver.

    The driver was an idiot. The police have the right to detain him. It was apparent at the 2:14 mark that the officer on the left side smelled something and notified the other officer by hand gesture.

    The question to ask is not why you are being pulled over, but am I free to leave. If the answer is no, the officer must inform you why they pulled you over and if you are under arrest or investigation.

    Would have made things a lot More..

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    • @gdstaples

      How do you know the cops had legal justification to do a traffic stop?!

      And how can you tell based upon a perceived gesture that it was a gesture indicating the odor of marijuana?! Is there a cop gesture of marijuana?!

      Cops are under NO legal obligation to inform you why you are being detained, it is strictly a courtesy and a matter of professionalism and decency.

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    • @RealityChecker It is mentioned in this article (and almost all the other articles on this particular story) that the officer smelled and suspected marijuana use.

      And yes, an officer has no legal obligation to tell you why you are being arrested or detained, but you also have no legal obligation to surrender any information other than identification and or licenses/registration in the car that you're driving. gdstaples in entirely correct on not asking "why am I being pulled over", b More..

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    • @RealityChecker - Bobdole already summed up my intended response.

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  • He asked for his ID back, the cop asked him to get out n before he could he got tazed. Wtf is wrong with cops these days? They don't teach you how to deal with the public without tazing someone or kicking the shit out of them? Jesus.

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  • The cops in North America continue to loose all credibility...A sign the end is near or something like that. But really these pussy cops should loose their jobs for a stunt like this, it clearly show they do not have the best interests of society at heart. Nothing more then a bunch of overpaid bullies IMO

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