- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The family of a man who died after being stunned with Tasers has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the city of Greenville.

The family of Andrew Orval Torres, 39, has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the city, The Greenville News (https://grnol.co/1yoicai) reported.

Officials said Torres suffered with schizophrenia and struggled with Greenville police officers in 2010 as the officers tried to carry out a probate judge’s order sought by his family to take him to a hospital.

Lawyers for the family and the city would not disclose the terms of the settlement. But they said U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs is to hold a settlement hearing Thursday.

Both City Attorney Mike Pitts and family attorney Hank Ehlies said a settlement has been reached.

The suit alleged wrongful death caused by the officers “for use of excessive force by deploying multiple Tasers over an extended time and improper physical restraint technique.”

The lawsuit also said then-police chief Terri Wilfong failed to provide adequate policies and “failed to supervise her subordinates who use unconstitutional levels of force in taking mentally ill citizens into protective custody.”

Wilfong retired in April and was removed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The city had denied the allegations.

Three officers involved in the incident were cleared of any wrongdoing in the death.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com


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