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Jury rejects man’s excessive force claim

A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints.

 The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that began with a traffic stop on Jan. 22, 2006 by Jeff Welton, who was a deputy at the time.

Daniel B. Strange, 41, filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the county alleging that Welton used excessive force. 

“Obviously, we believe they made the right decision,” said attorney Heather Yakely, who represented Spokane County.

But Mary Schultz, representing Strange, said she was frustrated that she was not allowed to present more evidence to the jury.

Read Thomas Clouse's story here.

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Jan. 4: Civil trial begins over deputy's use of Taser

Trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed that he was unnecessarily shocked by a Taser during a traffic stop.

Daniel B. Strange, 41, (pictured above) filed a $1.5 million excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County in 2006 after a traffic stop on Jan. 22 of that year in which Deputy Jeff Welton shot Strange with a Taser during a traffic stop in Spokane Valley.

Read Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 6, 2006: Lawsuit seeks $1.5 million for use of Taser