Ohio Police, Citing 'Heightened Scrutiny,' Release Footage Showing Taser Used on Black Man
The Wickliffe Police Department (WPD) in Ohio released recordings on June 17 showing an incident in February in which an officer used a taser against a black man. The release takes place in the midst of what the department called "increased control" of police behavior.
Police said they knew of another video "taken by a suspect's friend or family member" that had gone viral, and said they had received "numerous Facebook messages" about the incident.
The renewed attention caused the police to “take the unusual step of releasing the dash and body camera video of the incident because it is longer than the video clip in circulation, and we believe that we will have a more comprehensive history of the encounter can tell, ”said WPD.
"We publish this to be accountable and transparent," the police added.
WPD said the man was initially stopped because he was sought for non-registration as a sex offender and parole on multiple arrest warrants. Police said the man refused to comply with repeated verbal instructions asking an officer to use their taser.
The man was treated at a nearby hospital and handed over to the police, local media reported. He pleaded guilty to hindering official business and opposing the arrest, and was sentenced to 30 days in Lake County.
A second man seen in these videos was arrested at the scene and released shortly afterwards, the police said. Photo credit: Wickliffe Police Department via Storyful
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