New Hampshire police Taser Chinese woman who tried to buy too many iPhones
Police in Nashua, New Hampshire say they were forced to use a Taser on a 44-year-old Chinese woman who does not speak English after she was told to leave an Apple Store because she was trying to buy too many iPhones.
Through a translator, Xiaojie Li told WMUR that she had bought two iPhones from the Pheasant Lane Mall Apple Store on Friday and returned on Tuesday to buy more to send to her family in China.
“The manager of the Apple Store came and told her something, but she didn’t understand,” Li’s daughter explained.
Soon after that, shoppers captured cell phone video of police — who were providing security at the store’s request — using a stun gun on Li as she laid on the mall floor screaming.
“My mom said she doesn’t know why they called the police because she doesn’t understand what they are talking about,” the woman’s daughter insisted to WMUR.
Nashua police are reviewing the incident to determine if excessive force was used, but said that use of the Taser was standard operating procedure.
“She was certainly capable of coming up here and purchasing these things from the Apple Store here,” Capt. Bruce Hansen insisted. “Whether her language inhibited that, I really don’t know.”
“Our force continuum has specific times when a Taser is used during resisting arrest or that type of an incident where a person doesn’t comply with a lawful order to submit to an arrest,” he added. “This really is a criminal trespass, resisting arrest incident, and that’s fairly routine here.”
“There’s nothing really out of the ordinary about it.”
Li was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors. She is scheduled to return to court in January.
Watch this video from WMUR, broadcast Dec. 12, 2012.
Cellphone video of an arrest in Nashua is raising concerns about whether excessive force was used.
The video shows police using a stun gun on a woman at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. The woman said she doesn't speak English and didn't understand what was happening.
Nashua police said the incident is under review. They said the officer involved is filling out a use of force report as part of the department's standard operating procedure.
On the video, the screams of the 44-year-old Chinese woman can be heard as she was placed under arrest Tuesday at the Apple Store in the mall.
Speaking from her bed in Newton, Mass., as her daughter translated, Xiaojie Li said she speaks Chinese, not English.
"My mom said she doesn't know why they called the police because she doesn't understand what they are talking about," she said.
"She was certainly capable of coming up here and purchasing these things from the Apple Store here," Capt. Bruce Hansen said. "Whether her language inhibited that, I really don't know."
Li said she was at the store to buy several iPhones for family members in China. She bought two on Friday and was looking to get more, but the store asked her to leave.
"The manager of the Apple Store came and told her something, but she didn't understand," her daughter said.
Nashua police officers were providing security at the request of the store. Police said that when Li didn't leave, that's when they moved in and tried to arrest her, and she resisted. Hansen said the department is reviewing whether excessive force was used.
Our force continuum has specific times when a Taser is used during resisting arrest or that type of an incident where a person doesn't comply with a lawful order to submit to an arrest," he said.
The officers involved are on active duty, Hansen said.
"This really is a criminal trespass, resisting arrest incident, and that's fairly routine here," Hansen said. "There's nothing really out of the ordinary about it."
Li has been charged with two misdemeanors and is due in court in January. Hansen said that's when everything will get sorted out.
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