Wilmington paid $875,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the widow of a decorated former Marine who was fatally shot more than four years ago (November 2006) by police investigating the Pagans Motorcycle Club, according to documents filed Friday in federal court. ... Derek J. Hale, a 25-year-old former Marine and member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Virginia, was sitting on the steps of another club member's Wilmington home when police surrounded him and stunned him with Taser guns before shooting him. ... Hale's grandfather, Von Ridings of Cape Girardeau, Mo., said, "I still think they murdered the boy. I don't know of anything they can do to make me change my mind because if they weren't guilty, they wouldn't have paid out a damn dime." ... [LINK]
Examination time again.
What was the benefit of the taser in this case?
Does the term "cluster-f**k" spring to mind?
Are the police putting too much faith in an unreliable weapon?