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."