Pa. man sues police for stunning him while cuffed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is suing a police department because one if its former officers used a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed.

Former Springdale officer Mark Thom pleaded guilty in March and will be sentenced in October for violating the civil rights of 36-year-old Gary Cahill.

Now Cahill has sued the borough, its former police chief, and another officer who was allegedly present but didn’t prevent Thom from using the stun gun on Cahill while he was handcuffed in December 2011.

The lawsuit contends the department knew Thom had “violent propensities” based on other allegations, some still being litigated, that the officer had falsely arrested and assaulted others.

Springdale police officials did not immediately return a call for comment on the federal lawsuit Cahill’s attorney filed Tuesday.

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