MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Martinsburg police violated a man's civil rights when officers used Tasers to subdue him.The Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh ruled that Patrolman Erin P. Gibbons used reasonable force to subdue William E. Hale during Hale's arrest in May 2011.Groh had dismissed Patrolman Michael Jones and the city as defendants in December.
According to court documents, employees at a rental car company called police after the 61-year-old Hale got into a dispute with a manager over the availability of a vehicle. Gibbons and Jones used Tasers to subdue Hale after he refused several orders to leave the business.
Hale spent three days in a local hospital. He later pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer.