A Hamilton County man has filed a federal lawsuit that alleges excessive force against a Fayette County deputy who deployed a Taser into his eye, last year. According to court documents, Matthew Kelly was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic violation on I-71 on May 25th, 2013, and was sleeping when he was ordered out of the truck by Trooper Bryan Cook.
According to the complaint, Deputy Clinton Sines then approached the truck and tried to pull Kelly from the vehicle, but Kelly was restrained by his seatbelt. Sines eventually deployed his Taser into Kelly's eye, sending two surges of electricity, and "resulting in the near-total loss of vision of his right eye."
Kelly's lawsuit alleges excessive force against Deputy Sines, failure to intervene against Trooper Cook, and negligent retention and supervision against Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.
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