Took A Taser In The Eye – Man Sues Police For $25 Million

Fairfield, CA – A man has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the Fairfield Police Department, claiming he lost his left eye after police used a Taser gun on him.

Jerome Hill stated in his complaint that police hit him in his eye, back and thigh with a Taser after they forcibly removed him from a parked car in 2014. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

According to the complaint, Hill was sitting in the car with his brother and a friend when a police officers approached them.

In the video, a officer comments on the smell coming out of the car. Hill’s friend, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, replies, “We have our cannabis card.”

The officer then asked the three for their personal information. That’s when things start to escalate, according to the video.

“You can shut the door,” an officer tells Hill.

Hill replies, “I don’t have to.”

According to the lawsuit, the officers put Hill’s wrist in a lock. In the video, the officer tells him, “Don’t reach for anything,” and, “Get your hand on the back of your head.”

As Hill gets out of the car, there is an apparent struggle and that’s when Hill claims the officer used a Taser on his back, thigh and eye. Officers then handcuffed him.

The video shows Hill’s face covered in blood as he calls for an ambulance and screams, “My eye!”

According to the lawsuit, the officers delayed in calling for medical aid even though the Taser dart was still in contact with his left eye.

The eye was later removed as it had been pulverized, according to the complaint.

In the lawsuit, Hill claims the officers confirmed, through dispatch, that he lived across the street from where the car was parked and that none of the occupants of the car were on probation or parole. Hill claims he was unlawfully detained.

Fairfield police declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing pending litigation.

Following the incident, Hill was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. He is due back in court June 2.

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