Pontiac man injured by stun gun sues sheriff's deputies

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Detroit man is suing two sheriff's deputies after suffering injuries from being immobilized with a stun gun while riding his bicycle.

MLive.com reports that 59-year-old Ronnie Flemming alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was falsely arrested and unjustly assaulted by Oakland County deputies in July 2017. Flemming also says his civil rights were violated when the deputies fired a Taser into his hip while biking, causing him to fall and strike his face against a curb.

The lawsuit says Flemming received 10 stitches and several bone fractures.

The deputies say Flemming fit the description of a wanted parole absconder. Both men are black, in their 50s and have graying beards. Deputies allege they feared Flemming had a weapon after he disobeyed multiple orders to stop fleeing and reached into his pocket during the chase.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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