September 18, 2014 – Today we discuss excessive force and the use of Tasers by law enforcement.
Family and friends are questioning the use of force by police in Independence, MO, after a 17-year-old sustained brain injuries that required him to be put into a medically induced coma.
According to police reports, an officer pulled over Bryce Masters for an outstanding traffic violation and refused to roll down the passenger-side window at the request of the officer. There was a struggle, and then the officer used his Taser on the teen. The struggle continued after Masters was pulled out of his car.
That’s according to law enforcement. Witnesses described a different scene, one of violence and excessive force by the officer.
Masters was outside of friend Curtis Martes’ home when the incident occurred. According to Martes, Masters could not have rolled the window down because the electricity to power it wasn’t connected.
Also, witness Michelle Baker said, “The cop was like, ‘you want to mess with me,’ and pulled out his Taser and tased him. I thought he shot him. Then he pulled him out of the car and handcuffed him and drug him around the car. It looked like he hit his head on the concrete. You could see blood coming out of his mouth. The cop put his foot on his back and moved it back and forth like he was putting out a cigarette and asked him, ‘are you ready to get up now?’ You could tell the kid was going into convulsions.”
Of course, the incident is still under investigation.
Do you think this could be another example of law enforcement inappropriately using lethal force on an unarmed suspect?
What can you do when you witness an officer using excessive force on someone? Call 9-1-1?
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