Metro to decide on $500,000 settlement from 2010 Taser death

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee is expected to decide Monday whether to approve a settlement in the 2010 death of Anthony Jones.

The committee’s recommendation is to approve the $500,000 settlement as a “compromise of a disputed claim.”

Jones was pulled over during a traffic stop in December 2010, during which he fled from police after being asked to get out of his car.

According to a report from the District Attorney’s office, a struggle ensued and the officer deployed his Taser to subdue Jones. After being tased and arrested, Jones stopped breathing.

He was taken to Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he died.

According to the autopsy report, the cause of death was from cocaine and ethanol intoxication, but other contributing factors included an enlarged heart due to obesity, mild hypertension and “police restraining procedure.”

In a 2017 investigation, Reuters tracked “1,005 people who have died in the United States following encounters with police in which Tasers were used.”

Those cases range from 1983 until July 2017, and 44 percent of them resulted in wrongful death lawsuits. Reuters estimated there were at least $172 million in payouts from cities and their insurers, but that figure doesn’t include settlements that were confidential or unavailable.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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