Stun Gun Lawsuit Settled by Alameda County
December 20, 2012
Alameda County agreed to a $160,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by an 18-year-old disabled California woman who was tasered by sheriff's deputies in 2011.
The suit was filed by Sapreena Fowler, who claimed she was forcibly restrained during a confrontation on February 8 at a mental health care center in Castro Valley.
Sheriff's deputies reported that Fowler was being aggressive with staff members, before spitting on the deputies and attempting to fight them off.
One of the deputies stunned Fowler, who has the mental capacity of a four year old, twice with a taser.
Fowler was arrested for resisting arrest and battery against an officer, but the charges were dropped after she spent two nights in jail.
The money from the settlement will be placed in a trust for Fowler's benefit.