Grandma who was arrested while naked in her apartment gets $2.4 million payout

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News

A Colorado grandmother will receive $2.4 million after being arrested while naked, then strapped to a chair and tased by police officers who were conducting a welfare check.

The victim, Carolyn O’Neal, told police she was getting ready to take a bath and was in no danger when they arrived at her apartment in a sober living facility in 2014, according to the Denver Post.

After she sent the trio of deputies on their way, they reportedly let themselves in using a set of keys, threw the 49-year-old atop a bed and placed her under arrest, still nude. O’Neal was then taken into custody and bound to a chair with restraints and zapped with a Taser, twice, as cops also tried to strap down her legs. The 123-pound woman was reportedly covered with a smock and forced to wear a spit mask while being kept in that chair for four hours. It was 12 hours before she was given jail clothing, the Denver Post reported.

A jury awarded her $3.6 million in 2019, which a judge reduced to $2.1 million. Both O’Neal and Fremont county challenged that ruling, but settled for $2.4 million last week when the county dropped its appeal.

Prosecutors accused O’Neal of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, though a judge dismissed those charges, arguing officers had no right to arrest her.