Judge says Erie must ID officers in Taser lawsuit

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The city of Erie must identify police officers involved in the arrest of a 29-year-old woman who died after she was allegedly shocked with a stun gun.

Talia Barnes’ parents are suing the Erie police and Taser International Inc. on behalf of her eight surviving children, aged 2 to 17. They contend the electric shock led to Barnes’ death even though the county coroner found Barnes died of a combination of drugs two days after her July 2011 arrest.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/10OXX33 ) says the plaintiffs claimed to need the officers’ names to move forward with the lawsuit filed in April, but the city wouldn’t comply. U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin on Wednesday ordered the city to identify the officers.

Police have denied wrongdoing as have Taser officials who say the weapons are “generally safe and effective.”

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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