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Disturbing footage of a police officer using a stun gun on an unarmed black man has gone viral. Concerned citizens took to Facebook to slam police for excessive use of force and giving “confusing” instructions to suspects.
Police in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania say they received a call on Thursday morning, claiming there was “a male with a bat.” When they arrived at the scene they found Sean Williams, who officers claim “refused to comply” to their instructions. Later police admitted that no bat was found at the scene of the incident.
The footage captured by a bystander, shows a police officer telling an apparently-unarmed Williams to sit down on the curb and stretch his legs out in front of him and cross them at the ankle. He seems to misunderstand the instructions and stretches his legs out only partially and then moves them back under him. As he starts moving his legs towards the curb the officer uses a taser on him. Williams is seen writhing on the ground in pain.
This police officer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania should be fired immediately. After he is fired, the District Attorney should immediately press charges for criminal assault.
What he did here is completely illegal.
This man was compliant, calm, unarmed, and non-violent. pic.twitter.com/kJCjzAoBiE
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 28, 2018
Police bodycam footage showing a Wichita officer firing at a family dog and injuring a 9-year-old girl with bullet fragments has been released. The child can be heard screaming as she is hit.
The incident happened in December 2017, when police responded to a 911 call made by Danielle Maples after her husband threatened suicide.
Police officer Dexter Betts entered the home where the couple’s four children were sitting in the living room along with the family dog. The bodycam footage shows Betts in the living room where he says, “we got a dog inside here, too,” before a dog appears on screen moving and barking.
Betts then fired at the bull terrier. One of the two bullets ricocheted off the floor and fragments hit the 9 year-old girl, sitting just behind the pet, above her eye.
The fatal shooting of 17-year-old black teenager Antwon Rose by police has sparked protests in East Pittsburgh. An officer is said to have shot Rose, who was unarmed at the moment, three times to stop him from fleeing.
The fatal incident took place on Tuesday evening, when an officer pulled over a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in an earlier shooting, which left one man with gunshot wounds. The 22-year-old victim in that incident was admitted to hospital but was later released.
The Allegheny County Police Department said that it “received multiple calls reporting that shots were fired and that a male had been shot in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock” at around 8:20 pm on Tuesday. Shortly afterward, an East Pittsburgh officer, who has not been identified, stopped what he believed was the suspect’s car with three people inside.
While he was apprehending the driver, Rose and the other passenger made a daring attempt to flee the scene, the police description of the incident said. The attempt, however, did not go well for Rose, as the officer did not hesitate to open fire, hitting him three times in the back.
Three Arizona police officers and one sergent are on administrative leave after CCTV footage emerged allegedly showing them punching and kneeing an unarmed man.
Mesa police were called to a domestic dispute at an apartment complex just before midnight on May 23. A woman had reported that her ex-boyfriend was trying to break into her apartment and officers met two men exiting the building when they arrived.
One of the men was Erik Reyes, the caller’s 20-year-old ex-boyfriend, who can be seen in the footage complying with officer’s orders to sit on the floor. His friend, 33-year-old Robert Johnson, chooses not to sit down.
The three officers then appear to begin punching Johnson repeatedly in the face and head, even after he had been knocked unconscious.