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Family Seeks $1 Billion In Taser Lawsuit

Sep 21, 2004 | A Southampton family has filed more than one (B) billion dollars in lawsuits against Southampton Village Police, Suffolk County and the maker of the Taser stun gun. Relatives of David Glowczenski - a mentally ill Southampton man died while being arrested by Southampton Police who used the stun gun to subdue him.

Glowczenski's sister Jean Griffin says her brother was tortured by the police who beat him and stunned him numerous times before he stopped breathing on February Fourth.

The family says it is suing Suffolk County and Southampton Village Police for 550 (M) million dollars. And they are launching a separate lawsuit for 570 (M) million dollars against Taser International Incorporated of Scottsdale, Arizona, which makes the stun gun.

The lawsuits were filed yesterday in U-S District Court in Central Islip.

The cout papers say the 35-year-old Glowczenski was shocked nine times with the 50-thousand volt Taser gun and he was beaten and hit with pepper spray before he died.

Attorney Thomas Spellman, who represents Southampton Village, says the death was not due to excessive force. Police say they were responding to a call about Glowczenski being irrational. Officers found him yelling on North Main Street, and in the attempt to quiet him he pushed down a female officer. That's when he was subdued.

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