An Arkansas police officer has been sued after he was filmed using a taser to subdue a suspect in what has been described as a brazen display of excessive force. As you can see in the above video, the officer tases the suspect despite an apparent lack of any threat posed to the cop.
In the clip, which was filmed on the Fourth of July, the unidentified officer confronts Chadrick Mitchell. The officer had been called to the scene by Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend, who claimed that he would not let her enter their shared apartment to retrieve her belongings.
“Look man, I’ve got other things to do than babysit you two,” the officer complains, demanding that Mitchell allow his ex-girlfriend to retrieve her clothing. When he continues to refuse, the officer then asks Mitchell to provide his name, which he also refuses.
After several moments, Mitchell begins to walk away. “Hey, turn around, you’re under arrest,” the officer says, pulling out his taser and firing into Mitchell’s back before he even finishes the sentence. Mitchell drops to the ground as his ex-girlfriend and another male bystander scream in terror. “Put your hands behind your back!” the officer yells.
According to attorney James W. Harris, the officer had no reason to use such extreme measures to subdue an unarmed suspect who was not actively fleeing the scene. Harris filed a case against the officer on July 20 in the Mississippi County Circuit Court.
Meanwhile, Mitchell faces charges of obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest.