Why did they have to taze him if he was cuffed?
I believe the cops story that they tazed him while hand cuffed forcing him to fall flat on his face, over the mothers story that her son was punched and kicked (they were in public with witnesses and a dashcam, after all). But that doesn't make this one bit better. Still brutality. That poor kid :(
This reminds me of something I was involved in about, I guess 6 or 7 years ago. I was working the ER one evening when the police brought in a 15 year old kid that they had caught shoplifting at the mall. The kid ran, and was tazed, and they essentially beat the crap out of him. What made me the most sad was that out of everyone in the ER that night, that I saw anyway, I was the only one that was nice to that kid or treated him or his family with any respect. :-(
Marissa Sargeant admits her 14-year-old son did a bad thing when he allegedly shoplifted, but she doesn't think he deserved to be roughed up by cops during his arrest.
The arrest happened last Tuesday when the boy -- whose name has not been released -- allegedly shoplifted goods from a Walmart in Tullytown, Pa., with two adult relatives.
She doesn't deny the charges, but said the arresting officers beat the teen so bad, he has a broken nose and two swollen eyes.
"What he did was wrong. He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better," she said, according to the New York Daily News. "The picture speaks a thousand words."
Sargeant doesn't buy the story.
"There's no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a Taser in the front of his face," Sargeant told NBC Philadelphia.
She suspects the officers hit or kicked her son and then told him not to tell anyone before they took him to the hospital.
Heckler told Philly.com that his office may interview eyewitnesses and possibly review footage of the incident taken on a police dashboard camera before proceeding further.
Meanwhile, Sargeant is posting photos of her son's injuries on Facebook in order to force an investigation.
"I just want some justice. I even pray for the police officers because they need help," she told NBC Philadelphia.Tullytown Police Chief Dan Doyle said that a thorough review of the incident is underway but dismisses Sargeant's police brutality allegations and social media campaign.
"The police department is aware of the misinformation that has been circulating on social media regarding an arrest made by Tullytown officers," he told the Bucks County Courier Times.
**I was under the impression there was more to this complaint, Something about them not letting her see him for 2 days,,,,any info on that?
The mother of a 14-year-old boy accused of shoplifting at a Pennsylvania store is convinced cops pummeled the boy after his arrest — and she says pictures of the bloodied child prove he was attacked.
Marissa Sargeant told NBC10 Philadelphia her son was busted with two adult relatives swiping goods at a Walmart in Bucks County on Tuesday night.
But she maintains the Tullytown cops who cuffed her son went too far and beat the teen so bad he was left with a broken nose and two swollen eyes.
“The picture speaks a thousand words,” she told the news station.
Sargeant said she agreed that her son — who she did not identify by name — deserved to be arrested, just not roughed up.
“What he did was wrong,” the mother said. “He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better.”
The county’s district attorney said that the teen, with his hands cuffed behind his back, bolted from the officers as they tried to load him in a police car.
The cops yelled for the teen to stop as he sprinted along Route 13 — where an officer fired a Taser at the teen and hit him in the face with the electrodes, authorities said.
The teen was unable to use his hands to break his fall and landed face-first on the pavement, authorities said.
But Sargeant said her son looks like he suffered more than just a bad spill.
“That doesn’t sound right,” she said. “There’s no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a Taser in the front of his face.”
She believes the cops attacked her son and threatened him to keep quiet about the attack. The teenager was treated at a local hospital for his injuries.
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Police declined to speak of the incident. The district attorney’s office said investigators have reviewed the case and will only launch a probe if asked.
“I just want some justice,” Sargeant said. “I even pray for the police officers, because they need help.”
This is awful, poor kid
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