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Family of man tased to death suing city, maker of taser

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The family of a man who was killed last year after he was tased with a CMPD taser is suing the department.

Lareko Williams, 21, died on July 20 after being tased by a CMPD police officer at a Lynx light rail station.

His family filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the city of Charlotte, Taser International, Officer Michael Forbes and Chief of Police Rodney Monroe.

CMPD suspended the use of tasers following the incident and held a months' long review before new tasers were issued to officers.

Police say Williams was beating a woman at the Woodlawn Station when they arrived that night and the officer deployed the taser to try and stop him.

In the lawsuit the family charges that police used excessive force and  violated Williams' constitutional rights because the officer continued to tase Williams, an unlawful search and seizure and use of excessive force, under the fourth amendment.

The family requests punitive damages in execess of $10,000 in the suit.

CMPD responded to the lawsuit Wednesday by issuing the following statement:

"We are preparing a defense to the claims made within the suit filed today in Federal Court by the estate of Mr. Williams.  Although Mr. William's death was indeed tragic, we believe that the actions taken by the officer were lawful and appropriate under the circumstances."

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