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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Tybee Island (Georgia) Settles Taser Case


The City of Tybee Island has settled a case involving the use of police Tasers. (photo US Army)The mayor of Tybee Island says the city's insurer will pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after police officers used a stun gun on an autistic teenager.

Mayor Jason Buelterman says the funds are going to 18-year-old Clifford Grevemberg.

Two former Tybee Island police officers have pleaded not guilty to charges related to their participation in the May stun gun incident.

Police said Grevemberg appeared drunk and became agitated when confronted outside a bar.

Police learned that the 18-year-old had autism after arresting him on a disorderly conduct charge that was later dropped.

"It's important that we bring some closure to this for all parties involved," Buelterman says. "It's just been an unfortunate situation for everyone and bringing closure to it is a very good thing."

Grevemberg's attorney, Robert Turner, could not be reached for comment.

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