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Civil Rights – Excessive Force Claim – Proximate Cause — TASER – Threatened Self-Injury – Tort/Negligence (access required)

Cook v. Riley Defendants responded to a domestic disturbance call and found plaintiff in a tree stand 15 feet off the ground. According to defendants, plaintiff threatened to cut his wrists, so defendants tased him, and plaintiff then jumped off the tree stand. According to other witnesses, plaintiff did not have a knife, and he fell as a result of being tased. The court is not required to disregard the other witnesses’ statements in determining the proximate cause of plaintiff’s injury.

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