CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A federal court will decide if a CMPD officer used excessive force when he tased LaReko Williams and killed him while responding to a domestic disturbance at a light rail station.
The civil case is against Officer Michael Forbes began Monday morning at the U.S. District Court in Charlotte. Forbes tased Williams back in July 2011.
The plaintiffs focused their questioning on two main points; first, asking why there is missing audio from Officer Forbes microphone pack, and secondly asking about the medical examiner's autopsy report.
The plaintiffs claim the report found a third injury consistent with drive-stun technique where the taser is applied to the skin. The plaintiffs showed deposition videos of Detective Steve Ladd and Sgt. Victoria Suarez, who were over the internal investigation of the event, to shed light on those points.
A key eyewitness, the former girlfriend of Williams Destiny Franklin, did not show up even though she is under subpoena. Judge Max Cogburn requested her to be served again to be in court Tuesday to testify.
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