Parma man suing Parma police, fire, EMS for Aug. 2013 tasing incident

PARMA, Ohio - A Parma man is suing the city of Parma and Parma first responders after he said he was injured and tased 12 separate times after experiencing a seizure last year.

According to the lawsuit, Richard Pettry began having seizures to the point where he could no longer speak Aug. 1, 2013. Pettry's niece called 911 for the seizures and two EMS responders from the Parma Fire Department arrived on scene at 10:01 p.m.

[CLICK HERE  to read the entire lawsuit.]

By the time the two responders reached Pettry, the seizures ceased. At this point, the seizures caused Pettry to become disoriented and confused. 

According to the lawsuit, when Pettry stood up on his bed, the two responders tackled him onto the ground.

At 10:08 p.m., four additional Parma fire and EMS responders were at the Pettry home helping restrain Pettry on the floor of his bedroom.

It was at this time when officer Gary Kuchler used his taser on Pettry 12 separate times.

The suit states that first responders believed the man was using drugs at the time of the incident.

Print this article Back to Top