Sept. 22, 2004 – The family of a mentally-impaired man who died while in police custody after police used a stun gun on him is suing the manufacturer of the gun. The family is seeking $570 million from the Taser International after 35-year-old David Glowczenski was shocked nine times with the 50,000-volt Taser gun.
Taser markets its stun guns as "nonlethal" but the company has been mired in controversy since it began selling the products in the late 1990s. A recent Arizona Republic investigation found over 50 have died in police custody since 1999 after having a Taser used on them. The Republic says that at least five of those deaths could be attributed to the use of Tasers and the rest are inconclusive.