Cops Pay $50,000 for Taser Assault

     COLUMBIA, Mo. (CN) – The Columbia Police Department will pay a 24-year-old man $50,000 to settle allegations of excessive force with a Taser.
     In his federal complaint, Cadilac Derrick claimed police assaulted him during a traffic stop on Feb. 24, 2009.
     A patrol car dashboard video shows Derrick being subdued with a Taser after he did not respond immediately to a request to leave the car.
     Derrick’s girlfriend and her 3-year-old child were with him in the car.
     Derrick was criminally charged with resisting arrest, but the charge was dismissed.
     A police internal affairs investigation found that the officers acted appropriately, the Columbia Tribune reported.

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