U.S. Supreme Court won't review police use of stun guns

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has decided that it will not review the appropriateness of stun guns used by police on suspects.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear appeals from police in Hawaii and Washington, or people who got stun-gunned by officers.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said officers could not be sued in federal court. But judges also said officers used excessive force by using stun guns.

Malaika Brooks was driving her son to school in 2004 when she was stopped for speeding. Officers used a Taser three times when the woman, who was seven months pregnant, refused to get out of her car.

Jayzel Mattos was stun-gunned in 2006 in her house by police who said she interfered with the arrest of her husband, Troy.

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  • by wow Location: wis on May 30, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    Stun guns are an alternative to deadly force.but if someone is not violent,just refuse to get out of the car and pregnant.thats just stupid cop.
  • by Not okay Location: Eau Claire on May 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    In most cases, no I don't think they should be able to be sued. BUT in this case the woman was 7 MONTHS PREGNANT!! Who would think its okay to do that. I'm sure they could have handled it in a different manner!
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      by Geez on May 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM in reply to Not okay
      Really? What exactly is the alternative? SHE knows she's pregnant too. Is she not responsible for putting herself in this situation. She had a choice, period.
  • by Mike on May 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
    Perhaps the criminals would prefer they used their 9mm's?
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