Cleveland, Ohio — Ohio’s Wickliffe Police Department released footage showing a February incident during which an officer used a Taser on a man. The incident begin when the officer attempted to stop a driver, who was later revealed to have been wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department on multiple warrants for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation. He also had a suspended driver’s license. As seen in the videos, the driver pulled into an apartment complex parking lot and started walking towards a unit while refusing more than two dozen commands to stop and show his hands. After several commands, the officer uses her hands to try and take control of the suspect, but he pulls away multiple times.
A second male comes out of the apartment while the officer is still trying to control the driver. A second officer arrives and tells the male to get on the ground, and warns him that he will be tased. The suspect does not comply. At that point the male is tased. The officer delivered one shock from the taser to the suspect. After the suspect was in custody, he was taken to Lake West Hospital for medical attention, and was treated and released back into police custody on the same date. The day after this incident, the suspect appeared in court and pled guilty to obstructing official business and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in the Lake County jail on the charges. The second male in the video was released without charges after he calmed down.