Third suit claiming improper use of Taser filed against Slager

Michael Slager

A third lawsuit claiming excessive force has been filed against Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer charged with murder after fatally shooting Walter Scott.

The latest suit — filed Friday in U.S. district court in Charleston against Slager, the city and the police department — alleges that Slager used a Taser without proper cause on a man who was sleeping in a car outside his girlfriend’s house.

Here are the allegations of the lawsuit:

In the early morning of Dec. 22, 2013, Jerome Stanley was sleeping in his legally parked car in front of his girlfriend’s house when Slager knocked on the window. Stanley told Slager he was waiting to go inside his girlfriend’s house. Slager told Stanley he smelled of alcohol and asked if he had been drinking and driving. Stanley said he was not doing anything wrong and hit the horn to attract attention. Slager pulled Stanley out of the car, told him to turn around, accused him of resisting arrest and used a Taser on him several times.

Stanley was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was found not guilty of disorderly conduct and is appealing the charge of resisting arrest, according to the complaint.

The complaint states, “Defendant Slager previously displayed use of force on other occasions prior to using force in this case.”

Stanley is suing for an unspecified amount of money and seeks a jury trial.

In August, Mario Givens filed a suit claiming Slager improperly used a Taster on him while investigating a burglary in September 2013. The suit claims Slager dragged Givens out of a house, threw him to the ground and hit him in the groin with a Taser.

Slager and another officer knocked on the door of a house on Delaware Avenue while Givens and another man were sleeping inside.

Givens opened the door and Slager “ordered him to step outside” without identifying himself as a police officer, the suit stated.

Slager refused to give a reason for the order and instead grabbed Givens’ arm, the filing added. At one point, according to the suit, Slager yelled, “Come out or else!”

Givens insisted that he wasn’t the suspect Slager was looking for while the alleged victim of the burglary also yelled that he was the wrong man.

Givens eventually went outside and put up his arms, but Slager slammed him to the ground and hit him in the groin with a Taser blast, according to the filing.

Attorneys in Slager’s criminal trial have requested an expedited hearing in the case, according to online court records. The hearing is expected to happen Wednesday.

Andrew Knapp contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.