No Charges For Deputies in Mountain Taser Death


The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said January 23 that it would not file criminal charges against the officers involved in the death of Allen Kephart in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. The District Attorney's Office said in a statement that there was "insufficient evidence to establish criminal liability on the part of any involved member of the Sheriff's Department."

On May 10, 2011, 43-year old Allen Kephart died after having a Taser applied to him multiple times by three sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop at a Valero gas station.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in San Bernardino Superior Court, August 30, 2011, by the Kephart family alleging Allen Kephart's civil rights were violated after being ordered out of his car at gunpoint, thrown face first to the ground and Tasered repeatedly in the upper back, neck and head.

Kephart's autopsy results said he died of "Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease," and his manner of death was a "homicide," both revealed in a statement from the Twin Peaks station in Lake Arrowhead.

Reason.tv covered this story in 2011 in The Killing of Allen Kephart: How the Police Lost the Trust of a Law-and-Order Town:

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