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Video shows US police officer taser and pepper-spray African-American man who had suffered a stroke

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Video shows US police officer taser and pepper-spray African-American man who had suffered a stroke

Police in Fredericksburg, Virginia, have released video of a police officer using his taser and pepper spray on an African-American driver suffering a medical emergency.

The footage, shot by the body camera of officer Shaun Jurgens, shows the officer and two others, Matt Deschenes and Crystal Hill, responding to calls of a hit-and-run, with the driver travelling in the wrong direction along the motorway.

The car in question was being driven by 34-year-old David Washington. He eventually stopped his Hyundai in the middle of an intersection, having just hit a street sign.

The video shows Washington motionless at the wheel, although his right arm appears to be moving. Jurgens shoots Washington with his taser, but it fails to connect. His fellow officer opens the car door and then Jurgens pepper sprays the driver.

Jurgens and Deschenes then drag him out of the car and handcuff him, with Washington crying, "I can't breath."

Sources have told local reporters that Washington had suffered a stroke. Police say the 34-year-old has been released from hospital and is recovering.

Jurgens has now resigned from the police department, but he released a statement to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star arguing his innocence. Jurgens said he did what he had to do to control the situation and ensure it did not escalate.

He says that Washington had been driving near a primary school and was a risk to drivers during rush hour traffic.

However, the Fredericksburg police department say that Jurgens' use of force was not in line with department policies or training.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/video-shows-us-police-officer-taser-and-pepperspray-africanamerican-man-who-had-suffered-a-stroke-10274072.html

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Just read about this from another source. Sadly, I'm not surprised. When you can riddle a car with bullets that creep into the triple digits and both people in the vehicle were unarmed, and still get acquitted, this is a cakewalk....


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Just read about this from another source. Sadly, I'm not surprised. When you can riddle a car with bullets that creep into the triple digits and both people in the vehicle were unarmed, and still get acquitted, this is a cakewalk....

The cop probably didn't want to take any chances. I'm sure if the driver was white he would have reacted the same way.:whistle:


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Well there's no indication that racism was a factor here, but it is possible that it is further evidence of the idea that a black person in the USA has a totally different experience at the hands of the police, justice system, employers, education etc. than a white person.

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The use of a taser and pepper spray on a motionless man who is suffering a medical emergency is the very definition of escalating the situation. That's all the cop did. And he claims he did it to ensure the situation doesn't escalate? What the freak?

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The cop probably didn't want to take any chances. I'm sure if the driver was white he would have reacted the same way. :whistle:

If the driver was white, he would have gotten a breath mint and some grey poupon while he waited for the ambulance to arrive...


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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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