Father files lawsuit against Bangor police, Taser manufacturer over death of son in 2012


Nok-Noi Ricker
Bangor Daily News
March 20, 2014

A Jackson man has filed a federal lawsuit against Bangor police and others, claiming their actions resulted in the wrongful death of his son, who was under the influence of bath salts when a police officer used a Taser on him during an arrest.

Phillip A. McCue died at a local hospital five days after he was shocked with a Taser on Sept. 12, 2012, the night police responded to a noise complaint at 18 First St. and McCue took off running. Police say McCue was out of control. The autopsy report states he died as a result of complications from overdosing on the lab-made street drug.

McCue’s father, Michael McCue of Jackson, filed the eight-count civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court Tuesday against the city of Bangor, the police department and six police officers — Kim Donnell, Ryan Jones, Wade Betters (who is now a sergeant), Josh Kuhn, David Farrar and Chris Blanchard — along with Bangor police supervisors, Bangor Fire Department ambulance medics and Taser International Inc., which manufactures the electric shock device.

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