Wall St. Journal:  “Now, an electrifying new decision by a U.S. appellate court could open the door to lawsuits against police officers who wantonly use their Taser on John Q. Public.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday agreed with a lower court ruling that an officer from the Coronado, Calif., Police Department wasn’t immune to a damages lawsuit filed by a civilian after a Taser encounter in 2005. In fact, the court ruled, the officer violated the civilian’s constitutional right “to be free from excessive force.”

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