Pullman police settle lawsuit with WSU student

The Pullman Police Department recently settled a lawsuit with a former Washington State University student for $500,000.

The lawsuit, filed in August in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington, alleged Pullman officers used excessive force and failed to follow department-mandated mental health training while taking Kyle North into protective custody at Jack in the Box on Aug. 17, 2016.

According to court documents, North, who suffers from a mental disorder, asked the manager of Jack in the Box in Pullman to call police because he feared he was being followed.

When officers arrived, North was asked to follow in his vehicle to Pullman Regional Hospital, but as they began to exit the restaurant, North reportedly experienced a hallucination and refused to leave.

As North continued to resist, officers allegedly broke his arm while restraining him, dragged him by the legs and his broken arm, put him in a chokehold and used a Taser on him while he was restrained. (Lewiston Tribune)

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