Student's family files lawsuit in taser death

Everette Howard family files lawsuit against UC Police Officer
Everette Howard
Everette Howard

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The family of a student who died after being tased by a University of Cincinnati police officer has filed a lawsuit.

The family of Everette Howard has filed a civil rights suit against Richard Haas, the officer who tased Howard.

Haas tased Howard on Aug. 6, 2011 during a party on UC's campus. Howard later died at University Hospital.

No charges were filed against Haas, and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said that Haas was justified in the shooting. The Hamilton County Coroner ruled the cause of Howard's death as 'unknown.'

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, who has filed numerous cases across the State involving tasers, stated, "Everette Howard should be in college today enjoying his wrestling scholarship.  His death was unjustified and unnecessary.  Through this case the family will help reform taser use throughout the region and hopefully prevent more taser deaths."

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati. The family is holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Cincinnati.  The family is gradually receiving the numerous documents that make up the criminal investigation.  When all of that information is processed there may be additional defendants added to the case.   Jennifer Branch is co-counsel on the lawsuit.  For further information, please read the Complaint available at

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