An unarmed black man who was left paralysed from the neck down after being tasered by a cop has been awarded USD 100 million by a court in Georgia, USA.
Jerry Blasingame, 69, requires uninterrupted care after he fell and broke his neck while being tasered by police officer Jon Grubbs in Atlanta on 10th July, 2018.
Blasingame, who now suffers from a severe spinal cord injury, was on the street asking for money when Grubbs, along with another cop, arrived on the scene.
This was according to a lawsuit filed by Blasingame’s conservator, Keith Edwards, as stated in local media reports on 28th August.
The lawsuit states that Grubbs stepped out of his vehicle and told Blasingame to stop speaking to a driver.
The senior citizen then moved towards a road barrier while Grubbs reportedly ran towards him.
Grubbs then violated department policy by using a weapon on an elderly man who was attempting to flee, according to Blasingame’s attorney, Ven Johnson.
Shocking body-cam footage shows how the elderly man was left lying face-down and motionless on the ground after being tasered by the policeman.
Johnson added: “Grubbs gets out of the car and starts chasing my client, and for what? For potentially asking people for money?”
Jurors decided that Grubbs had used “unreasonable force” against the senior citizen.
The Atlanta Police Department will be required to pay USD 60 million in damages, while Grubbs himself will have to pay USD 40 million, according to reports.
Blasingame’s bills cost USD 1 million a year, while he already owes USD 14 million in medical bills, Johnson told jurors.
The jury’s verdict may be amended, as a motion has been filed by the city of Atlanta for a directed verdict.