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Plaintiff in lawsuit against Austin police dies

  • Associated Press
  • December 25, 2013 - 4:53 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. — A plaintiff who accused Austin police of shocking him with a stun gun two years ago while he was suffering a seizure has died, but his family pledged to keep pursuing an ongoing lawsuit against police and the city.

Scott Sheeley, 51, of Vadnais Heights died earlier this month, the Albert Lea Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1jIv3N1 ) this week. The cause of death wasn't immediately known, and autopsy results haven't been released.

Sheeley's relatives said they still plan to pursue Sheeley's lawsuit against police and the city of Austin alleging that officers violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. They're seeking $1.5 million in medical fees, attorney costs and emotional damages.

Officers responded in November 2011 to a call of medical distress because Sheeley was having a seizure.

The lawsuit alleged that officers handcuffed Sheeley and shocked him several times. Sheeley "suffered physical and emotional injuries, including permanent brain damage," the lawsuit said.

Austin police have said Sheeley became violent when officers arrived. They said they had to intervene because Sheeley was attacking his brother.

The attorney for the defendants has said the facts will vindicate the city and its officers.

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