Woman claims she was severely shocked demonstrating Taser for grand jury

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 2, 2011

GALVESTON � Claiming she felt numbness in her face and body after participating in a live demonstration of a Taser for jurors, Rosalind Jones is suing the device's manufacturer.

Jones's lawsuit against Taser International Inc. argues the company misrepresented its product as being safe.

The suit was filed April 18 in Galveston County District Court.

Jones worked for the city of Galveston as an office clerk for the police department's training division from November 2002 to last July.

Court papers explain that on April 16, 2009, she was requested by one of the supervisory officers to be in a live demonstration of Taser exposure for the Galveston County 56th District Court Grand Jury.

The complainant says the Taser was applied to her left and right shoulder with 50,000 volts of electricity. She subsequently experienced numbness and was rushed to the hospital, the suit states.

It further explains that Jones continued to complain about the alleged numbness which led to transient ischemia attack. She reportedly informed her doctors that she had been struck by a taser during her employment.

"Prior to the application of the taser, the plaintiff had no previous injuries," the suit says.
Jones adds that she suffers tremors and has a speech impediment.

She consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Anthony P. Griffin of Galveston is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0662

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