CLEVELAND, Miss. — A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Cleveland and its police department.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Jermaine Williams who died in July 2010. They sought $25 million in damages.
Authorities say officers responded to a call about loiterers and found what they believed to be a bag of cocaine. Williams allegedly grabbed the bag and ran. Authorities say officers used the stun guns to subdue Williams when he became combative. Williams died later at a local hospital.
The Bolivar Commercial reports that U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Tuesday that the officers' conduct did not rise to the level of reckless disregard.
City officials say experts had trained its officers on the use of stun guns.