Police Abuse

Police Sued for Beating and Stunning Handcuffed Man

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PITTSBURGH—A western Pennsylvania man has sued a police department for allegedly failing to prevent one of its former officers from using a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed.

The federal civil lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Gary Cahill, 36, of Harwick, seeks unspecified damages for an encounter on Dec. 17, 2011, involving Springdale officer Mark Thom.

Thom pleaded guilty in March to a criminal charge of violating Cahill's civil rights by punching and stunning Cahill after he was handcuffed and not resisting. Thom is free on bond, awaiting sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22. He has since resigned.