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Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.

Parents Awarded $3M in Wrongful Death Suit in Son’s Death at Hands of DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The parents of an 18-year-old honor student who was shot and killed by plainclothes DEA agents in a state of confusion in southern California were awarded $3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that the DEA agents were not negligent in their actions but should not have fired their weapons at Zachary Champommier’s car because it was unlikely to improve the situation.

Family members described Zachary as a harmless “band geek” who would never intentionally hurt law enforcement, the LA Times wrote.

The shooting occurred while Champommier arrived at the Studio City parking lot to meet a friend. When he saw the people detaining his friend, he hit a sheriff’s deputy with his car.

According to the suit, Champommier “had no way of knowing that these were law enforcement officers rather than criminal thugs,” and he drove his car to “escape the danger.”

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Chechen Father Arrives in U.S. to Sue FBI Over Death of His Son in Orlando

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the Chechen man killed during an FBI interview at his home in Florida is suing the bureau for the wrongful death of his 27-year-old son, Time reports.

Abdulbaki Todashev, who lives in Chechnya, arrived in Tampa Monday to begin filing the suit with the help of the ACLU.

Todashev’s son, Ibragim, was killed while being interrogated by the FBI on May 22.

The son was being interrogated about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect when he was killed.

The FBI has refused to say what happened.

“He was shot seven times,” his father told Time. “In the heart and in the head. What is that if not murder?”

Border Patrol Agent Fired Gun 10 Times at Driver Who Carried Him on Hood of Car

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon 10 times at the driver of a car that hit him during a drug raid in Southern California, an autopsy released Thursday shows, the Associated Press reports.

Agent Justin Tackett, who had been suspended four times for misconduct during nearly four years of working as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy, said he feared for his life after the car drove with him on the hood for 200 yards, the AP wrote.

The autopsy shows Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado, 32, sustained 14 gunshot wounds; there were multiple wounds from some shots.

Alvarado’s family has filed a wrongful death suit, saying Tackett’s past misconduct should have disqualified him from the job.