Michigan court rules for police in Taser death

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that 10 Saginaw-area police officers and the maker of the Taser device are not responsible for the death of a man who was stunned during a struggle.

The court voted 2-1 in an opinion released Wednesday dismissing the suit filed by John L. Thompson's family. The 44-year-old Saginaw man died in August 2003, two days after police used a Taser on him at a friend's apartment and at the county jail.

Witnesses said Thompson grew belligerent while playing cards. When officers arrived, Thompson threw a potted plant at them and a scuffle ensued.

Thompson's family sued the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department, the Carrollton Township and Zilwaukee police departments, individual officers and Taser International Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz.

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