Ia. town agrees to pay $67,500 after Taser lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A southern Iowa town has agreed to pay $67,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by a mentally disabled woman who was shocked with a police Taser.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/18UCKLf ) that Cherish Storm was shocked three times by a Chariton police officer in August 2010, including once while she lay in the back of a squad car in leg shackles and handcuffs.

A video of the incident shows Storm resisting being handcuffed. She was shocked seconds after her boyfriend told Officer Tyler Ruble that she had a mental disability and had undergone electroconvulsive therapy two days earlier.

Storm was convicted of interference with official acts and assault causing bodily injury.

The settlement was released in response to a records request by the newspaper. City officials declined to comment.

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

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