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Published September 26, 2013, 09:05 AM

New details emerge in Moorhead police officers' answer to Taser lawsuit

MOORHEAD – Three Moorhead police officers being sued by a 77-year-old landlord who claims they illegally restrained him and shocked him with a Taser during a welfare check two years ago are defending their actions, saying the man had threatened to kill himself and “whack” one of his tenants.

By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MOORHEAD – Three Moorhead police officers being sued by a 77-year-old landlord who claims they illegally restrained him and shocked him with a Taser during a welfare check two years ago are defending their actions, saying the man had threatened to kill himself and “whack” one of his tenants.

Sgt. Steven Larsen and Officers Matthew Wychor and Daniel Birmingham on Monday filed their answer to the lawsuit filed by Moorhead landlord James Van Raden last month in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

Van Raden is seeking unspecified damages for physical pain and injury, emotional harm and medical expenses related to the incident, which was recorded on police video.

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