Lafayette Sheriff’s Office Settles Stun Gun Suit
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the mother of a man who died after an incident with police in 2010.
Deputy Chris Guidry used a stun gun on 28-year-old Javon Rakestrau two times after the man allegedly was uncooperative when approached by the deputy for questioning about a suspected drug deal.
Rakestrau died from complications of bronchial asthma, but a forensic pathologist's report found that the stress resulting from the physical altercation with the police and the use of a stun gun are considered to be contributing factors.
The sheriff's office reached the settlement with Rakestrau's mother in July.