Monday, November 23, 2009

Amidon Sues in Genital Taser Incident

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Gerald Amidon
  • Gerald Amidon
Gerald Amidon, the man Boise Police officers Tased in the groin on Valentine's Day, has officially filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

The complaint provocatively recounts the night with subtitled sections such as "The Valentine's Day Spat and the Big Guy," "The Officers Arrive and Force the Door," "Plaintiff Is Tased Despite the Fact that He Offers No Resistance To Arrest and Cuffing," "Plaintiff is Further Threatened and Tased While Handcuffed," and "Post Arrest Factual Allegations."

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 13 against Boise Police Department and officers Cory Bammert, Diedra Harr, Guy McKean, Mark Abercrombi, and officers identified as Does 1-10 and John Roe.

Amidon alleges that an officer used a Taser to shock him at least twice. A recording of the arrest appears to indicate that an officer, allegedly Officer McKean, threatened Amidon saying he'd Taser his "balls" if "he move[d] again."

The lawsuit alleges also: "Plaintiff could feel the heat of the recently discharged Taser against his testicles and terrified of what might happen next, attempted to remain motionless while trying to get air into his lungs.

Ron Coulter with Coulter Law Group alleges that Amidon was a victim of excessive force utilized by defendants. The lawsuit states that:

At all times throughout the incident, Defendants Bammert, Harr, McKean, Abercrombie, and Doe were present and aware of the violations being committed by one or more of their co-defendants.

The document also alleges that, "Although use of force reports were filed and investigated per Boise police procedure, the investigation was wholly inadequate excluding any photos of the Taser burns, any documentation of the interviews with officers on the scene, and no interview at all was done with either Plaintiff or his girlfriend who was on the scene."

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