A civil suit filed against two Alton Police Officers has ended with a federal jury finding in favor of the officers. The plaintiff alleged the officers used excessive force when they deployed a taser in an attempt to subdue him while at a local hospital. Two employees of Alton Memorial Hospital were also sued, but were also cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident.
The plaintiff, Harry Huddleston, had sued the four men for their actions and said he sustained bruising, burns, and other injuries as a result. Huddleston was at the hospital on December 9, 2008 when his wife passed away and he became distraught. The defendants said Huddleston began fighting with security guards when police were called and he failed to cooperate or follow their commands. A taser was used to subdue Huddleston and to avoid further damage at the facility. Huddleston claimed the four men, including police officers Steven January and Andrew Pierson, used excessive force while trying to control the situation. The federal jury found in favor of defendants and ordered the plaintiff to pay court costs.