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‘How Does That Feel?’

SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A man claims a Provo police officer Tasered him 10 times in his front yard, taunting him each time by asking, "How does that feel?" And he claims Officer David Moore's unconstitutional assault came after the cop saw that his first Taser shot had crippled his victim's legs.

Ray Tatum claims Moore arrested him at gunpoint after knocking on his front door, Tasered him without warning though he was complying with Moore's orders, then "repeatedly Tasered Tatum by drive stunning [sic] his Taser into Tatum's kidney area, back, arms, neck. Officer Moore Tasered Tatum no less then 10 times, each time asking Tatum, 'How does that feel?'"

He claims Moore then arrested him for "various crimes, including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest."

"Even after Tatum's arrest, Officer Moore continued to harass Tatum, eventually citing Tatum for trespassing, alleging he entered the liquor store Moore had warned his to stay away from, and on another occasion he cited Tatum for littering, accusing him of throwing a cigarette butt to the ground."

Tatum claims Provo does not train its cops on how to use Tasers.

He demands damages for excessive force, violation of due process and negligent training and supervision, from Moore and Provo.

He is represented in Federal Court by Mark A. Flores with Corporon & Williams.

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