Woman sues London police, hospital, saying she was restrained and shocked

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comNovember 30, 2012 

A London woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the London Police Department and St. Joseph London Hospital, saying that she was placed in leather restraints in the emergency room and that police shocked her with a stun gun.

The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in London, says Jami Jackson suffered severe fear, pain, anguish and consternation during and after being shocked with a stun gun several times about the neck by a London police officer, the complaint said.

Jackson is asking for punitive damages and attorney fees.

The lawsuit stems from an incident on Nov. 19, 2011, at Saint Joseph London.

Jackson was driven to Saint Joseph London by her father and brother for medical treatment after she became "extremely intoxicated," the lawsuit says.

Nursing staff or other staff members called London police because Jackson was "noncompliant," the suit says.

A doctor ordered Jackson to be bound at the hands and feet in leather restraints to her bed in a private room in the emergency room, the lawsuit says. An officer later responded to the staff's call and apparently shocked Jackson, according to the lawsuit.

"I believe that there is a point when the use of a Taser weapon is unnecessary or unreasonable," Jackson's attorney Jason Scott Kincer told the Herald-Leader, "and I certainly believe when someone is in such a vulnerable position as being in a hospital bed in four-point restraints under the care of a physician, I find it hard to believe in any instance that the use of a Taser is necessary."

London Police Chief Stewart Walker declined to comment.

St. Joseph officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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