Rolando Demetrio Ruiz was tasered in spite of showing no signs of being violent. Lappegaard was the officer who held a Taser to the back of Ruiz's neck for at least 15 seconds. It seems likely that the taser attack was unjustifiable. Ruiz is now suing for "...among other things, reasonable damages between $75,000 and $400,000 as well as punitive damages and a jury trial." [LINK]
Compare and contrast:
North Charleston, SC - Police say they had to taser a nude man after the man became violent towards officers in North Charleston. ... [LINK]
There is still the larger issue of the claimed degree of "non-lethality" (sic) of the taser, but at least (according to this report) the police waited until the subject's behavior had escalated to the point where they could use the taser without putting themselves into the legal cross-hairs.
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