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Police Taser Training Incident results in $1.4 Million Jury Verdict

On December 14, 2022, a DeKalb Jury returned a $1.4 Million verdict in a case involving a part-time Genoa police officer, Joseph Chavez, who suffered a massive shoulder injury during a Taser Training class held by the village of Kirkland Police Department in December of 2015.   The case was handled by Nicholas Cronauer and was supported by his associates, Bradley Melzer and Ross Brennan of Cronauer Law. Details of the case Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW) such as those sold by Taser are not standard issued to officers. If an officer wishes to be able to carry and use a CEW for law enforcement, they must go through training and be Taser user certified. Taser Training classes often consists of students being exposed to an electrical discharge so that officers are made aware of its intended effectiveness to incapacitate. In a classroom setting, it is the TASER Instructor’s responsibility to prepare a safe environment for students to experience this electrical exposure. The use of mats in the training environment is strongly suggested amongst other considerations. Students can be exposed either standing or laying down. The live electrical exposures demonstrate how one would become incapacitated and would fall in the process. Spotters would hold and brace a standing

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Police Taser Training Incident results in $1.4 Million Jury Verdict

On December 14, 2022, a DeKalb Jury returned a $1.4 Million verdict in a case involving a part-time Genoa police officer, Joseph Chavez, who suffered a massive shoulder injury during a Taser Training class held by the village of Kirkland Police Department in December of 2015.   The case was handled by Nicholas Cronauer and was supported by his associates, Bradley Melzer and Ross Brennan of Cronauer Law. Details of the case Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW) such as those sold by Taser are not standard issued to officers. If an officer wishes to be able to carry and use a CEW for law enforcement, they must go through training and be Taser user certified. Taser Training classes often consists of students being exposed to an electrical discharge so that officers are made aware of its intended effectiveness to incapacitate. In a classroom setting, it is the TASER Instructor’s responsibility to prepare a safe environment for students to experience this electrical exposure. The use of mats in the training environment is strongly suggested amongst other considerations. Students can be exposed either standing or laying down. The live electrical exposures demonstrate how one would become incapacitated and would fall in the process. Spotters would hold and brace a standing

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