Family of man tased by CMPD officer awarded $500K

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A jury awarded half a million dollars to the family of a man who was tased by a CMPD officer, and later died of a heart attack.

Lareko Williams' family sued CMPD Officer Michael Forbes for wrongful death.

The jury found Forbes used excessive force when he shot Williams with a taser gun twice in 2011.

The $500,000 award is for compensatory damages. Jurors are still considering punitive damages.

Forbes was never charged with a crime, and he's still on the CMPD force.

City Attorney Robery Hagemann said Thursay:

"Mr. William's death was tragic yet unintended. While we continue to believe that Officer Forbes acted reasonably in a very difficult situation, our judicial system has spoken and we respect the jury's decision."

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