Patricia Via, Montgomery County’s chief of litigation, said a settlement had been reached in a civil rights lawsuit against county officers who utilized a Taser on a Gaithersburg man during a 2013 arrest. The man, later identified as Anthony Howard Sr., died shortly afterward at the scene.
On April 19, 2013, police responded to a Gaithersburg cul-de-sac, where a barefooted man was behaving erratically. He was standing on a vehicle mumbling and barking. In an incident report, the man had charged at officers and threw “boulder” at them.
The Baltimore Sun obtained a 17-minute showed the man holding a scooter, when the officers approached him for the last time. The man dropped the scooter and bent over a nearby flowerbed, as police continued pumping electricity into his body. Lying on his back, the man kicked wildly. According to The Sun, police fired nine times for a total of 37 seconds. He died a short time later.
The settlement was covered by Montgomery County’s self-insurance program and did not require County Council approval. The $1.75 million settlement was paid to the family without any admission of liability on part of the officers of the county.