COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a sheriff’s deputy and state trooper, accusing them of using excessive force after he was shot in the eye with a Taser stun gun.
Twenty-four-year-old Matthew David Kelly of Harrison filed the lawsuit April 2 against Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Standforth, the deputy that deployed the Taser and a state trooper.
Spokesmen for each agency involved in the lawsuit declined to comment.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1sxLahz) that Kelly was asleep in the passenger seat when his friend was pulled over last May on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus.
The lawsuit , which seeks more than $20 million, says Kelly was shot twice in the eye with the Taser and now has near-total vision loss in that eye.