This evening, news channel WLKY-32 will air a two-part investigative piece on the use of Tasers by Metro Police. The first part airs tonight at 5:30 p.m. and the second part at 11 p.m., so tune in.
The piece includes interviews with police representatives and attorneys representing the family of 52-year-old Larry Noles, a mentally ill man who you may remember stood naked in the street in a confrontation with police back in September 2006. Noles died after officers shocked him three times with a Taser.
In December 2009, a federal jury split over whether two Metro Police officers were liable for Noles’ death, but according to Thomas Clay, one of the attorneys for the Noles estate, the family has recently settled its lawsuit with the city.
In a telephone interview, WLKY investigative reporter John Boel previewed some of the more interesting highlights from his investigation:
Over an 18-month period, 268 people were shot with a Taser by Metro Police, meaning a person was zapped an average of every 48 hours.
54 percent of the people shot with Tasers were African-American.
10 suspects shot with Tasers were handcuffed.
At least 30 were mentally ill.
In 25 percent of the cases, police did not cite “active aggression,” but used the Taser anyway.
Check out the teaser (h/t Louisville Mojo):