Jurors in a civil lawsuit against the city of Merced and a Merced police officer who used a Taser on a legless man who did not have a weapon had an opportunity Wednesday to hear from the officer.
Officer John Pinnegar took the stand to testify about the September 2009 incident in which he used a Taser on Gregory Williams, 44, after responding to a domestic violence complaint.
Williams, a wheelchair-bound double amputee, is suing Pinnegar and the city, claiming his constitutional rights were violated by the officer.
Wednesday was the second day of the civil trial, which is expected to last four days. Williams is seeking unspecified monetary damages. Williams claims that he suffered injuries and emotional distress from the episode in addition to the violation of his rights.
The defense doesn't deny that Pinnegar used the Taser, but maintains he was justified because Williams wouldn't comply with officers' orders after the plaintiff was told he was being arrested.