Fort Worth agrees to pay $2 million in man's Taser death

Michael Jacobs

Credit: Family photo

Michael Jacobs died last year after he was shocked by a Taser fired by a Fort Worth police officer.

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 1:43 PM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth officials have approved a $2 million settlement with the family of a man who died after police used a Taser gun on him.

The city admits no wrongdoing in the settlement with relatives of Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr., whose 2009 death was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner said the 24-year-old was shocked twice. The first time was for 49 seconds — much longer than the Taser is designed to deliver shocks — and the next for five seconds.

The officer involved wasn't disciplined or indicted.

Jacobs' family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, which doesn't limit the amount a city could be forced to pay, unlike cases filed in state court.

Jacobs had bipolar disorder and was causing a disturbance before his family called police.

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