A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit against North Charleston police for the 2006 death of a man who was tasered repeatedly. In 2006, Kip Darnell Black died after North Charleston police reportedly used up to 10 jolts from their taser gun to stop what they called his erratic behavior. Authorities say Black was high on cocaine at the time, and was caught stripping off his clothes, according to the Post and Courier. Police say Black was a mentally impaired man.
After he died, his mother, Janie, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of North Charleston, the police department, and four officers involved in Black’s death. Now, nearly four years after the death, U.S. Circuit Judge Weston Houck granted a defense motion to toss out the suit after the mother did not press the case, according to the paper. The suit was dismissed without prejudice, which means it can be refiled at a later date.