• Millvale man shocked by Taser several times talks to Channel 11; Investigation continues


    MILLVALE, Pa. - A Millvale man who police shocked with a Taser last September while he was handcuffed at a local police station said he was surprised when he watched the video.

    "Them Tasers don't feel good. For someone who has never been Tasered in their life, it hurts. It's like a bolt of electricity going straight through your body," said Thomas Smith.

    According to the station's police officers, Smith, who was arrested on charges of fighting, was shocked with a stun gun after banging his head on the cell wall, spitting on, and attacking police officers. The police report said Smith kicked an officer in the chest and arm area.

    Smith was just released from jail on unrelated charges and spoke to Channel 11's Vince Sims on Friday. 

    "I don't really remember much because I just seen the video not too long ago. I was actually surprised to see what happened," Smith said.

    The report said officers said they used the stun gun on Smith in order to obtain control over the situation.

    Smith's attorney, David Shrager, said his client suffers from mental illness and thinks the use of the stun gun went too far.

    "All we are seeking here is the truth. We want to get to the bottom of exactly what happened that night and from what I've seen on that video it doesn't look like appropriate measures were taken," Shrager said.

    Smith and his family are considering filing a civil lawsuit again the Borough of Millvale Police Department and the officers involved.

    The Allegheny County District Attorney's office said the incident remains under review.

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