Prosecutors want jury to hear about trooper’s use of Taser

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Prosecutors want jurors to hear about a state trooper’s use of force when he faces trial in the Taser-related death of a Detroit teen.
  
A judge will hear arguments Friday in the case of Mark Bessner. Prosecutors list four other incidents involving a Taser, sometimes when the targets were handcuffed.
  
State police tried to suspend Bessner for 10 days after a 2016 incident, but an arbitrator rejected the punishment. Tasers are intended to stun and immobilize people.
  
Bessner is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes last summer. The teen was shot with a Taser while driving an ATV. He crashed and died. Bessner quit the state police.
  
Forrest Harvey III says Bessner shot him with a Taser, weeks before the fatal crash, while he was riding an ATV.
 

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