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City Pays over $150K in Stun Gun Incident

City Pays over $150K in Stun Gun Incident

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Associated Press

December 30, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The El Paso County commissioners have voted to pay $56,000 to settle a federal lawsuit by a man shot by a sheriff’s deputy with a stun gun.

The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday for the settlement with 48-year-old Jiles Theron Bennett of Peyton and his wife, Jill. The county also paid about $105,000 in legal fees and other costs.

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Bennett sued the deputy and the sheriff’s office, claiming that he suffered injuries and emotional distress from the 2007 incident. Deputy Jerome Mercado-Vargas said he used the stun gun after Bennett became agitated during a traffic stop.

Sheriff Terry Maketa defended the deputy, but said the county decided to settle the lawsuit because the deputy is ill. He declined to elaborate.

  • 15300287_bg1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This sounds like everyone who is shot witha taser can sue. Its total bullSH** that they vest these officers and deputies with the tools needed and when they are used they city says oh here have some money mr and mrs. criminal. I think paying out is the dumbest way to look good.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Jonas, don't expect the county to switch their position now that they just caved in like an old barn roof. Hate to see the deputy left out in the cold like this; get well soon, Deputy Mercado-Vargas.

  • Knightthinblueline_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I do not like this type of precedence. Although there is not enough information, this type of stupidity just reaffirms the stupidity of the management types. Look what happened to Ford and Firestone with the tire/roller over issue. You settle out of court too many times and everything will back fire.

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    over 4 years ago


    There is a special place in Hell for Liberal Defense Lawyers. They have systematically destroyed this Great Country , one BS lawsuit after another. And then when they are tired of screwing up our Freedoms they run for office and do even more damage.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    This is why Crime rates keeps going up. The Court Ruling in favor of the Criminals (not limited to murder, theft and arson but also to scammers such as these people who will find many ways to make a buck) are just plainly sending out an open invitations for others to do it. Guess who gets the laughing end of it? Not us thats for sure.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max160_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The reason these law suits continue is written plain as day. The idiot suing got only $56,000 and the scumbag ATTORNEY got $105,000. With this type of pay out, the law suits will never stop. Most agencies payout due to the high cost of defending these ridiculous suits. What they need to do is take EVERYONE of them to court make these attorneys work for their money, which they won't get because in most cases the idiot was wrong in his actions, which caused the officer to use whatever was necessary to effect a legal arrest.
    Sorry have the same thing happening with me and my dept wants to be the idiot due to the cost to defend

  • Gas_mask_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    We need more info.... This doesn't seem logical.

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The city thinks it's cheaper to settle. Wait till the next round of lawsuits. Appears Bennett had emotional distress before the tragic stop. Best to the Deputy. GMAB

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Typical they give you the less than leathal weapons but you use them and they settle. If they aren't going to back their use unless there is gross misuse then why bother, waste of money and a waste of training, and in the end yet again it looks like the cops are wrong...I think I'd forget about the taser, wait on backup and watch the injuries go up unfortunately on both sides...Beats the hell out of being sued!

  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    well i hope the Deputy isnt seriously ill

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Need more info here.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Must have been out of my mind. I can't believe what I just read. I think the Deputy should be able to counter sue Mr. Bennett for having to discharge his taser. I am sure Deputy Mercado-Vargas suffered emotional distress. And the county caves.

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