Police Taser Man to Death and Cost City $1 Million


Sylvia Hsieh
Lawyers.com
July 22, 2013

The city of San Jose must pay $1 million to the family of a truck driver who was Tasered to death by four police officers.

Steve Salinas, 47, was naked and high on PCP when police confronted him at a motel in 2007. He weighed 260 pounds and was grunting unintelligibly but was unarmed. Three of the officers admitted they urged a fourth officer, Barry Chickayasu, to zap Salinas. Chichayasu Tasered him 10 times in 93 seconds.

The city started using Tasers in 2004 thinking it would cut down on police shootings; since then there have been at least five deaths of people shocked by Taser guns.

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