A video of yet another brutal tasering has gone viral on the internet, also highlighting how police are increasingly targeting people who film their heavy handed actions.
The video shows two police officers from Springfield in Illinois, pinning a young male suspect on the ground. As he writhes beneath them, one of the officers deploys and uses it on the suspect at point blank range. The crackle of the electricity from the weapon can be heard.
The man filming the incident, presumably a family member, shouts to the suspect and the cops “Justin, Don’t worry, about it, suing the f*** out of y’all.”
An older woman screams at the cops to let him go, also yelling at the man to stay clam.
The family claim that the cops tasered the suspect up to eighteen times during the fracas. As they keep using the taser, the man tells the cops that he is worried that he is going to die, and the man with the camera phone becomes worried that they are “trying to kill” the suspect.
Finally, as one of the officers has the suspect in a headlock, the other handcuffs him as he stops writhing. The woman then demands that they take the suspect to the hospital.
“Can I get water, I’m going to die, I swear to God.” the man says.
The video ends abruptly as two more officers arrive on the scene and shove the cameraman back, telling him to “step back.”
A physical altercation then takes place with one of the cops saying “give me that damn phone, get the f*** back,” forcing him to stop filming the incident.
From tasering people having a party in their own home, to blinding others with the stun gun during routine traffic stops, a recent spate of incidents have made headlines and spurred protests and unrest in local communities.