Texans' Weary threatens lawsuit over Taser incident

Updated: January 26, 2007, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans' Fred Weary is threatening to sue the city if it doesn't comply with his requests stemming from a November arrest in which he was shot with a Taser gun.

Weary said Friday that he has sent a letter to Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt asking for a public apology from the two police officers involved in the incident. He also is asking for monetary compensation and that the city review its policies regarding racial profiling and the use of Taser guns.

"I'm in a position to fight this and I plan on fighting it to the end," Weary told Houston television station KRIV. "It wasn't right. None of the actions by the two officers was justifiable."

White spokesman Frank Michel said he couldn't comment on possible litigation.

The officers said they stopped the offensive lineman because he didn't have a front license plate and was driving "suspiciously." A misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was later dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Joe Walker, Weary's attorney, said the lineman could seek as much as $250,000 from the city.

"Let me make it real clear. If we don't get a response within 90 days, we tee it up. We're going down to the courthouse and file a lawsuit," he said.

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