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Oregon Jail Settles Taser Suit for $197,000

In December 2000, the Clackamas county jail in Oregon settled a lawsuit with Stephen J. Thom for $197,000. On July 24, 2000, Thom, who suffered brain damage in a 1981 accident, was drunk and brought to the jail's booking section. While he was handcuffed, jail sergeant Daniel McClean beat him and shocked him three times with a taser stun gun. Another jail guard, Paul Combs, goaded McClean into beating and shocking Thom further.

McClean was convicted of assaulting Thom and other jail prisoners on July 3, 2001, and sentenced to five months in jail. Thom filed suit over the assault and the jail settled the suit by paying him $197,000. The jail previously settled another beating suit filed by one of McClean's other victims for $100,000.

Source: The Oregonian

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