The Tasing incident spurred state legislators to pass a bill earlier this year introduced by Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, requiring all state law enforcement officers to undergo training for dealing with Alzheimer’s patients.
Friend said in an interview in January he was dismayed when he learned of the Taser incident from Howard’s family. He said Howard’s family asked him to create specific legislation for officers dealing with Alzheimer’s patients.
The city also awarded Howard’s wife, Virginia, a monetary settlement earlier this year after she sued the city and police department, claiming they were responsible for possible neurological damage to her husband.
She also said she suffered extreme emotional trauma from seeing her husband’s injuries and “having the details of the torturous incident conveyed to her.”