Disabled man suing Syracuse police for using excessive force and a Taser to remove him from a Centro bus
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:16:45 GMT —
A man who survived being struck by two trains more than twenty years ago is now planning to sue the City of Syracuse, Centro bus and Onondaga County for the way he was treated by Syracuse Police and Onondaga County jail deputies last May.
Brad Hulett's attorney Rick Guy has filed a notice of claim against all three parties for excessive use of force against Hulett. Video shows two Syracuse officers physically removing Hulett from a Centro bus in May. They had been called to assist the driver when Hulett refused the driver's direction to sit instead of stand on the bus.
One of the officers used his Taser to subdue Hulett. Once he was off the bus the video also shows the officer dragging Hulett along the sidewalk. Hulett did not want to stand because of a disability he suffered in the past - it causes him pain that worsens when he sits.
None of the parties that are being accused would comment on the allegations because of the pending litigation. Centro did say its drivers are trained to take action where passenger safety is concerned. Steve Koegel of Centro said, " that includes asking passengers to sit when seats are available."