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PGH Police Settle Jim Rogers Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $8M

“My hope is that we have no more cases where the city has to pour out millions of dollars because the officers are trained at the level that they need to be, disciplined at the level they need to be disciplined and that our city respects people regardless of color, regardless of age, regardless of orientation. That we’re treated as human beings.”

-Tim Stevens, Chairman / CEO, Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), April 27, 2023

Attorney Todd Hollis holds a press conference announcing the settlement Thursday April 27, 2023 with a coalition of community partners including the Black Political Empowerment Project (Lucy Schaly/Post-Gazette)

April 27, 2023 9:31 PM

Pittsburgh has settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the taser death of Jim Rogers at the hands of Pittsburgh Police that attorneys have said demonstrated "[an] egregious lack of humanity".

The repeated tasering of Jim Rogers by officers on October 14, 2021--500,000 volts over a two minute span according to Attorney Todd Hollis--as well as denial of medical care proved fatal to a man B-PEP's Tim Stevens called "a gentle soul".

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