- Police in Maryland have been widely condemned after they were filmed tasering a black teenager while arresting him for vaping.
- The teen reached down to unhook his backpack – which witnesses say was an order from the cops – when he was suddenly hit in the stomach with a Taser surge.
- A woman’s distraught voice can be heard in the background of the video saying: “Are you f***ing serious? For no reason!”
Harriet Brewer from Indy100 writes:
Footage of the incident, which occurred in the town of Ocean City, shows 19-year-old Brian Everett Anderson with his hands raised as at least five officers surround him.
Anderson then reaches down to apparently unhook his backpack – which witnesses say was an order from the cops – when he’s suddenly hit in the stomach with a Taser surge.
The teen instantly doubles over and crumples to the floor, as onlookers can be heard crying out in distress while officers tell them to “back off”.
“What is wrong with you?” one man can be heard asking the police, as Anderson is turned over and handcuffed.
“Y’all did that for no reason,” another woman protests. “He was literally standing there.”
Police have defended their actions, saying they caught him vaping after telling him to stop earlier in the night.
They then arrested three other youths after “a large crowd of people began to form around the officers,” the Ocean City authority said in a statement…”
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