Family of man who died after being hit with stun gun by Vermont State Police files suit

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BURLINGTON, Vermont — The attorney for the estate of a Thetford man who died after being shocked by a Vermont state police stun gun says they are filing a federal court lawsuit as a way to hold police accountable.

Attorney Robert Appel made the comments Wednesday moments before filing the suit on behalf of the estate of Macadam Mason in federal court in Burlington.

He was accompanied by Mason's mother, Rhonda Taylor.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damage from the troopers involved and the state police.

Mason's death in June 2012 prompted the Vermont Legislature to pass a new law requiring the creation of a stun gun policy for police departments.

An autopsy determined Mason died of heart failure after being shocked in the chest.

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