Washington Park officer accused of 'tasing' handcuffed women

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 10:39 PM

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Court documents show a Washington Park police officer was accused of violating a woman’s civil rights by allegedly arresting her with no justification, then shooting her twice with a taser while she was handcuffed and sitting in the back of a police car.

News 4 has also confirmed that there are currently several open investigations into similar allegations against Officer Antwan Stith.
 
The lawsuit filed claims, on July 12, 2010, Stith and other officers went to a house to purportedly investigate an assault complaint.

While there, the suit says Officer Stith, “without provocation or any legal justification, arrested and handcuffed” Shannon Tugle and “threw her in the back of a squad car.” While Tugle sat defenseless in the back of the police car, the suit alleges Stith “tasered her twice, while she was handcuffed, causing severe physical damage.”
 
The lawsuit goes on to accuse Stith of lying to cover up what he did by claiming Tugle was resisting. The suit asked for $50,000, and after two years of legal wrangling, both sides agreed to an out of court settlement of $10,000. The lawsuit was then dropped.
 
We tried to reach Officer Stith to ask him about these allegations, but he wasn’t on duty toda,y and Washington Park’s police chief didn’t answer our calls to his cell phone.

News 4 will continue digging to learn more about the other investigations into alleged police brutality.

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