connectVideoBody camera video shows Arizona police use stun gun 11 times during a traffic stop
Body camera images of a 2017 traffic stop in Arizona, shows police officers placing of their stun gun on a man who is at least 11 times – including once in the testicles, a lawsuit claims.
The video which was released by the victim’s lawyer this weekend shows officers Matt Schneider and Mark Lindsey approach a Ford Taurus they had pulled over in a parking lot.
In the vehicle were three adults – Johnny Wheatcroft, his wife, Anya Chapman, and a friend of the family, as well as the couple’s two children.
The police said in a statement Friday, the vehicle was pulled over by a traffic violation and police discovered the driver did not have a license.
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Wheatcroft, who was a front seat passenger refused to show police his driver’s license and asked why he had to provide identification.
The agents saw him reach under his chair for a backpack and he continued to argue, yell and physically resist” as they tried to remove him from the car, police said.
Officers eventually threated the use of a Taser as Wheatcroft is not out of the vehicle, the video shows.
From there, the situation escalated, with officers from using stun guns multiple times in Wheatcroft, as his family watched and screamed at the police to stop.
In the video, Wheatcroft can be heard, saying: “I’m not doing nothing” repeatedly. It also shows Chapman swing a sack filled with beverage bottles with Officer Lindsey, beat him unconscious, officials said in the statement.
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The last Tasing occurred when Officer Schneider reportedly “pulled down the Plaintiff’s shorts and Tased his testicles and perineum,” the lawsuit claims, according to the Arizona Republic.
“Schneider placed his Taser on Johnny Wheatcroft the penis and shouted:” Keep fighting and you’re going to get it again! You want the weather? Close your mouth!'” the lawsuit claims.
The police did not release the department has his own copy of the body images from the camera, and instead released surveillance-camera video of the incident that shows part of the confrontation from a distance.
Wheatcroft and Chapman were imprisoned on suspicion of aggravated assault and resisting arrest, but the charges against Wheatcroft were later withdrawn. Chapman pleaded guilty to a reduced count, the Arizona Republic reported.
The incident prompted a federal lawsuit filed against the police, claiming that the officers used “unlawful, unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive force” on Wheatcroft and violation of his civil rights. It seeks damages to be determined at trial.
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Wheatcroft is currently in prison on an unrelated burglary charges, the Arizona Republic reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.