Jeffco mom sues police, paramedics in son's death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The mother of a 43-year-old man who died after being zapped by police with a stun gun has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Corene Dixon claims that officers wrongfully jolted Willie Maye multiple times with a Taser, sprayed him with Mace and beat him on June 5, 2008, while he was not breaking any laws. The suit filed Wednesday seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Dixon named as defendants seven police officers, three fire and rescue employees, the city and Police Chief A.C. Roper. A city spokeswoman declined to comment because they had not been served with the lawsuit.

Police have said Maye fought with officers after he left the vehicle he was in and ran from them while police were conducting checkpoints.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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