An incident in Fairfax County, Virginia is stirring up a long awaited ire. Perhaps due to years of programming, apathy can be a typical response to police beating or hurting suspects unless it becomes too garish. But as more cell phone footage rises to the surface it becomes harder for police to obscure events with their provided perceptions and reports.
“Stop resisting!” is a favorite line of officers pinning down arrestees. But what happens when they are calm and comply?
Unfortunately – sometimes it is this…
The officer below was captured by a witness on September 24, tasing a suspect in the back after the man had turned around and placed his hands on the hood of the vehicle.
A spokeswoman makes a case that video footage is out of context and that one cannot tell what really happened. But internal affairs will “make an inquiry…”
Additionally, officers referred to the incident as “the deployment of a electronic control weapon.” Electronic. Control. Weapon.
Whether the detainee was really a thief or not – is not why people are upset. They are not upset at the concept of arresting a criminal. They are upset because tasing someone in the back highlights a pervasive attitude that feels entitled to harm someone in a state of surrender and custody.
What do you think about the incident? Is that acceptable treatment for compliance?