ONLY ON 12: Family of tasing victim plans to sue

Thursday, June 5, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Richmond County deputy has been cleared of all wrongdoing after he tased a man who died soon after.

A grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to move forward with formal charges against Deputy Matthew Sanderson for the tasing incident last June that led to George Harvey's death.

Harvey's family says this isn't the end of the line for them. They plan to fight until their family gets justice. Since the state will not be filing charges against the officer who tased their brother, they plan to sue.

"[I'm feeling] A little bit of shock and surprise. We had prepared for this, but I'm the person who always thought the justice system was supposed to work for everybody," Harvey's sister, Alvera, said.

She thought the state would charge the deputy since they have cell phone video from the scene. Harvey says, "The officer was there and didn't offer any medical assistance."

The Sheriff's Office says deputies tased Harvey after he became unruly, but the family argues tasing in this circumstance was excessive force. Witnesses say the deputy continued to tase Harvey once he was cuffed.

The Harvey family's attorney shared documents with us from their attorney.

They advise the city of Augusta that the Harvey family will be suing for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages allowed.

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