Family of Victim in Fatal Police Taser Incident File Federal Lawsuit

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday

morning in federal court in Philadelphia the family of Robert Neill, of  Lancaster County, accused police of using excessive force which led to his untimely death.

It began on November 6, 2010, at 4 o'clock in the morning when the 61 year old Neill placed a 911 call for help from his home in the 300 block Marietta Avenue in Mount Joy.  A total of five officers responded, two from the Mount Joy Police Department, one officer from Susquehanna Regional Police, two Pennsylvania State Troopers.

The officers claim that Neill was out of control. That he resisted efforts to calm him down. They deployed their Tasers with no effect. He was also shot in the face with pepper spray to no effect. In the lawsuit, Neill's family says he was Tasered 17 times including when he was handcuffed.

The family is suing the all the police officers, Mount Joy Borough, the Susquehanna Regional Police Department, and Taser International, Inc of Scottsdale, Arizona which manufactures the Taser guns.

An autopsy revealed that Neill died of cardiac dysrhythmia or abnormal heartbeat. His family he had number of health issues which the Mount Joy Police had knowledge.

The family is seeking from all 8 defendants in the lawsuit compensatory and punitive damages and for court costs in excess of $75,000 and such other relief as the Court deems and for a trial by jury on all issues as is their right.