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Lawsuit filed in stun gun case

on November 27, 2013 10:50 AM

MILLVALE (AP) — A man has sued a western Pennsylvania police officer who allegedly used a stun gun on him while handcuffed, an encounter captured on a 52-second cellphone video leaked to the Pittsburgh-area media.

Thomas Jason James Smith, 28, of Millvale, filed the suit on Monday against Millvale Officer Nichole Murphy, her chief and the borough, which is just northeast of Pittsburgh. An attorney for the borough declined comment.

The FBI in February launched a civil rights investigation after the video surfaced months after the incident, which occurred Sept. 21, 2012, when Smith was arrested for public drunkenness.

Smith’s attorney, Gianni Floro, isn’t commenting on the lawsuit.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the FBI investigation was continuing, though no criminal charges have yet resulted from that probe.

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