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Friday, January 29, 2010
"purely to inflict wanton, unnecessary and excessive force, pain and injury"
The lawsuit alleges: ...Jan. 13, 2008 incident that started in the marsh off Savannah Road near Fisherman’s Wharf. Tylecki, while waiting for his mother to pick him up, was confronted by Lewes Police Department Cpl. James Azato and Delaware State Police Cpl. Matthew Blakeman. The officers violently threw Tylecki to the ground and pushed his head and face into the asphalt. "This was done without giving plaintiff [Tylecki] any request that he get down to the ground, and plaintiff in no way resisted being taken into custody." Tylecki was handcuffed behind his back and his legs were shackled. As a result of facial lacerations, injuries to his teeth and a nasal fracture, Tylecki was taken in a police cruiser to Beebe Medical Center. At some point while he was in an examining room, Azato told Tylecki he wanted a blood draw, and Tylecki said he would not consent to one. "At this point, upon hearing of the plaintiff’s refusal to allow defendant Azato to take his blood, plaintiff, while still handcuffed and legs shackled, was subject to multiple Taser shocks from Azato, who was using a conducted energy weapon manufactured, designed and sold by defendant Taser International Inc. The use of the Taser stun gun device by Azato was not done for any legitimate law enforcement purpose but was done purely to inflict wanton, unnecessary and excessive force, pain and injury." [LINK]