DETROIT -- A former Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after being shot with the officer's stun gun.
Mark Bessner had no "legal justification" to fire his Taser from his moving patrol car while trying to stop 15-year-old Damon Grimes, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday.
Bessner "created a very high risk of death," Worthy said.
Damon was driving an ATV at 35 to 40 mph on a Detroit street when he crashed on Aug. 26. An autopsy revealed that remnants of a stun gun were in the boy's hair.
Besides second-degree murder, Mark Bessner is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Bessner resigned as a state trooper shortly after the death.
Bessner's lawyer says he made a split-second decision to use a Taser when Damon refused to stop.
Since the teen's death, state police no longer conduct high-speed chases in Detroit unless they're investigating a major crime.
A $50 million civil lawsuit is pending against Bessner, accusing him of excessive force, reports CBS Detroit.
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