Jack Co. man claims Galveston police used Taser on him during arrest

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 20, 2013, 10:04pm

GALVESTON - A Jack County man is suing the city of Galveston over an arrest which allegedly culminated in the use of a Taser two months ago, recent court documents say.

Jarrett Anthony Neu's lawsuit, filed May 15 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, shows the event in question occurred at a local apartment complex on March 11. 

According to Neu, Galveston police officers apprehended him without a warrant and subjected him to threats, intimidation, insult and humiliation.

He adds that the defendant purportedly inflicted "severe and cruel" physical abuse and punishment on him "by both physical beating and the repeated unnecessary and unwarranted deployment of a less-than-lethal Taser weapon."

A bystander filmed the arrest on his cell phone only for police to confiscate the device "without a legal reason," the original petition says.

The plaintiff, who suffers from a pre-existing cardiac ailment, sustained "permanent and debilitating injuries as well as permanent disfigurement and scarring."

Neu claims the respondent violated his consitutional rights, faulting it for assault and battery, conversion and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

He consequently sues for mental anguish, emotional pain, inconvenience, medical expenses and lost earnings.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Paul. H. LaValle of the Law Offices of Paul Houston LaValle & Associates P.C. is representing Neu.

Case No. 3:13-CV-180

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