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Case Style: Carlos Chacon v. City of Austin, et al.
Case Number: 1:12-cv-00226-SS
Judge: Sam Sparks
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Travis County)
Defendant's Attorney: Christopher J. Coppola and Meitra Farhadi for Officer Eric Copeland and Officer Russell Rose
Description: Austin, TX - Carlos Chacon sued City of Austin, Officer Eric Copeland and Offier Russell Rose on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that he was injured and damaged as a direct result of the officers used of excessive force during an encounter outside a North Austin hotel in 2011 with a man with a gun. Chacon called 911 to report the incident. When the officers arrives they confronted Chacon without identifying themselves and, among other things, used a Taser on him. He medical specials were $5,000.00.
The City of Austin denied wrongdoing on its behalf and on the part of its offices.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $1 million.
Comments: The city released the following statement Friday: "While we are disappointed with the verdict, we respect the legal process and the jury's decision. The City is reviewing all possible options moving forward."