YAKIMA -- A lawsuit percolating in federal court accuses two Chelan County sheriff's deputies of using excessive force while subduing a suspect with Tasers.
James Bailey, 50, of Malaga filed suit last year against Chelan County and deputies Mike Lamon and Lee Risdon. Bailey claims he was shocked with a Taser five times during his 2008 arrest, and suffered other injuries amounting to excessive force and battery.
Aside from Bailey's personal claims, the lawsuit says the deputies didn't follow county policy by filling out a "use of force" form documenting the Taser deployment, and overlooked other requirements too.
"The whole thing was really poorly done," said Wenatchee attorney Julie Anderson, who sued on Bailey's behalf.
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Daniel J. Bugbee, the Seattle attorney representing the county and the deputies, wouldn't comment beyond his response filed in court in January.
"We are arguing, and we firmly believe, that the officers acted within their legal rights, and that the law supports the position that officers are given immunity for acting within the scope of their responsibilities as peace officers," Bugbee said.
Bailey was arrested in November 2008 outside his Malaga home.
It was his second arrest of the day; his first was for telephonic harassment of another Malaga resident, during which Bailey claimed he was the victim.