Federal judge dismisses North Charleston lawsuit on Taser death

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in the 2006 death of a man jolted with a Taser by police in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck granted a request by North Charleston police to dismiss the lawsuit in the death of 38-year-old Kip Darrell Black.

Houck ruled Black's mother and her attorney failed to pursue the case. Janie Black had sued North Charleston, the police department and four officers in 2008.

Police say Black was taking off his clothes and acting erratically when they found him in traffic. Police say chemical spray and Taser jolts had little effect on the man who was taken to a hospital where he died.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office ruled that cocaine use led to Black's death from "excited delirium syndrome."

Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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