A disabled man who was Tasered by police on a Centro bus last year has filed a lawsuit against the police department and bus company.
35-year-old Brad L. Hulett of Syracuse is suing the Syracuse Police Department, Rural/Metro, Centro, and the Onondaga County Sheriffâ??s Office for monetary damages for what his attorney calls â??permanent physical injury and pain and sufferingâ?? after he was arrested and Tasered by Syracuse Police officers last May. Hulett was accused of refusing the bus driverâ??s request to sit down on the bus, citing his disability and previous injuries that cause him pain when he sits. The lawsuit alleges that police used excessive force, violated Hulettâ??s rights, and falsely arrested Hulett when then dragged him off of the bus and Tasered him during the incident.
The lawsuit further alleges that the Sheriffâ??s Office, as operators of the county jail, failed to provide Hulett with â??proper and timely treatmentâ?? and also added to his injuries when he was being held in jail.
Two police officers, the bus driver, two jail employees, Police Chief Frank Fowler and Sheriff Kevin Walsh are also named in the lawsuit.
Hulettâ??s lawsuit, filed on his behalf by attorney Rick Guy, says he is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the injuries he received during the incident, which was recorded on a Centro bus security camera.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's office declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing pending litigation.