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$1 Million Settlement Reached in Michigan Teen Stun Gun Death

A Michigan Court approved a $1 million settlement to a family of a 15 year-old youth who died as a result of being hit with a stun gun by Bay City Police.
In March 2009, Bay City Police were called to a home for reports of minors drinking alcohol. When police arrived, they discovered several teens that had been drinking. Brett Elder, a 15 year-old, was extremely intoxicated and upon contact with the police, began trying to fight them. Police eventually used a stun gun to subdue Elder. Elder died from the shock.
Elder’s family pressed a claim of unnecessary force against Bay City Police Department, and after two years a settlement was reached. Four members of the Elder family and their attorney will divide the one million dollar award.
No charges were filed against the police officer who used the stun gun on Elder. See: Elder v. Bay City, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Mich.), Case No. 1:09-cv-14868-TLL-CEB.


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