UCLA and Student Who Was Tasered Settle Suit

May 18, 2009

The University of California at Los Angeles and Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a former student who was repeatedly stunned with a Taser by UCLA police while a student in 2006, have settled a suit against the university, the two parties announced. The incident took place when Tabatabainejad failed to produce an ID card. While UCLA officials said at the time that the use of the Taser was appropriate, many who saw videos of the incident were outraged and the university subsequently toughened its rules about when Taser shots would be used. The statement about the agreement was vague about terms. "The parties decided to resolve this matter in a way that will allow this student to complete his UCLA degree and move forward with his career. The university is committed to ensuring the safety of its student body, but it is also interested in assisting its students in succeeding in their post-university endeavors," the statement said. The Los Angeles Times reported that the settlement involves a $220,000 payment to Tabatabainejad.

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