Chicago’s Police Department is investigating a cop’s use of a taser gun on an 82-year old woman, who police say was swinging a hammer at them when they arrived.
Officials with the city’s Department on Aging went to her home Oct. 29 to make a welfare check, and called police when they saw Fletcher in a window swinging a hammer back and forth, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Tuesday.
Police officers went to the home to try and calm Lillian Fletcher down and one of the officers used their Taser gun. The department is now investigating whether the officer violated policy regarding the use of the Taser.
Fletcher was rushed to the hospital after being stunned, but was eventually released. Fletcher stated that the officers pushed their way into her home and just shocked her, but her granddaughter told authorities that Fletcher suffers from schizophrenia and dementia.
Taser guns use compressed nitrogen to shoot two barbed darts that can penetrate clothing to give a 50,000-volt shock to immobilize people.
Currently a partner with the McCallister Law Group, Marc McCallister first worked as a defense attorney at a large insurance defense firm where he defended area hospitals and physicians. He now concentrates on his areas of expertise, which include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle and wrongful death cases.