Lawsuit says 3 Chattanooga police officers used Taser without provocation

Lawsuit says 3 Chattanooga police officers used Taser without provocation

May 14th, 2014 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

A lawsuit filed Monday in Hamilton County Circuit Court alleges that three Chattanooga police officers illegally went on to a resident's property and used a Taser on him without provocation.

The lawsuit seeks $600,000 from the city.

Officers Derek Roncin, Corneilus Gaines and John Watkins were named in the lawsuit filed by local attorney Robin Flores on behalf of resident Steven James Hacker.

According to the documents the incident happened on July 25, 2013. Roncin followed Hacker to the home Hacker shared with his grandmother Peggy Williams.

Roncin asked to speak with Hacker; Hacker refused.

Roncin "became enraged" according to the court documents. Hacker went inside the home.

Gaines pounded on the front door of the home. Hacker said unless the officers had warrants for his arrest he would not talk with them.

Eventually Hacker came out of the home with his hands raised. Without warning, according to the complaint, Watkins fired a Taser, striking Hacker.

As a result of the Taser strike and the subsequent fall Hacker "suffered life threatening lacerations to an artery under his right arm, another deep laceration by his right collar bone and a large piece of glass impaled his back close to his spine."

There has not yet been an answer filed by the city of Chattanooga nor has a court date been set.