Last week, A judge ordered Marin County to pay $1.9 million to a man alleging the sheriff’s department used excessive force in his apprehension. The 66 year old Peter McFarland, expressed that the officer’s used a stun gun in a case when such force was not needed. A video confirms that an officer used a stun gun on McFarland after he stood up to comply with the sheriff’s orders.
Patrick Faulkner of the County Counsel expressed remorse for the victim and agreed that such behavior was not consistent with the sheriff’s department. He also announced the settlement, an agreement that will pay the victim, Peter McFarland, almost $2 million dollars.
Excessive and unwarranted force by a police department or a federal agency can have catastrophic results. In the case of McFarland, negligence on the part of the sheriff’s department caused extreme pain and possible injuries. In these accidents, a plethora of wrongful injuries can occur. Excessive force can lead to broken bones, fractures, head injuries, and possible brain damage. In these situations, the party responsible for these unwarranted injuries and damages must be held accountable for their negligence. An experienced and knowledgable attorney who understand’s the issues of excessive force can help you receive full compensation for your injuries.