Group criticizes repeat use of stun gun in jail

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Experts disagree about whether a Muscatine County jail inmate with a mental illness should have been shocked with a stun gun four times as officers tried to get her to change clothing.

Muscatine County officials concluded that no laws were broken and jail policies were followed in the incident last month. But the Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/19U3GET ) the mental health advocacy group Disability Rights Iowa is investigating.

Video of the incident shows the woman, Marie Franks, cursing at jail staff and swinging her arms apparently to keep jail staff away. She was shocked four times in eight minutes during the Oct. 7 incident.

Franks suffers from bipolar disorder but she was off her medication while in jail for repeatedly calling 911 but refusing to talk to dispatchers.

___

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

blog comments powered by Disqus