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Jury Awards $500K In NC Man’s Stun Gun Death

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Arrest warrant says Robert Kemp killed the child "by giving him a bear hug, squeezing the victim so tight that the victim stopped breathing as a result."(Getty Images)

Arrest warrant says Robert Kemp killed the child “by giving him a bear hug, squeezing the victim so tight that the victim stopped breathing as a result.”(Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A jury has awarded half a million dollars to the family of a man who died after Charlotte police used a stun gun on him.

A federal jury on Thursday decided that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer used excessive force in the 2011 death of a man who died after being twice shocked by the officer’s Taser.

An officer used a Taser on 21-year-old Lareko Williams in July 2011 as the man choked a woman at a rail station. Williams died about an hour later.

Williams’ family sued Officer Michael Forbes for wrongful death. The officer was not charged with a crime and remains on patrol.

After Williams’ death, officials pulled all the police department’s Tasers. The Charlotte City Council later spent nearly $2 million on safer models.

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