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A cop in Fredricksburg, Virginia has some serious explaining to do after being caught on video tasing a man for a whopping 42 seconds on Saturday night.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, a car came down the slight hill on the 200 block of Hanover Street and smashed into five parked vehicles. Witnesses told police the driver got out and fled. The passenger in the car got out, and witnesses said he threatened them if they called 911. Several people called anyway.
The first responding officer ordered the suspect to the ground, but he was not fully compliant. The video shows the man springing up and attempting to run away.
The officer fires a Taser and applies the high voltage charge for 42 seconds. The man on the ground screams, and cries out, “Stop it. Stop.”
As a bystander assists the solo officer, the suspect is handcuffed.
Police arrested 36-year-old Lantz D. Day. He is charged with obstructing justice, a misdemeanor.
Day spent two nights in the regional jail before getting out on bond.
It doesn't look like Day even tried to resist after the taser initially dropped him. But the officer, Joe Young, continued to zap him. Even allowing for what led up to this incident, there is no way, no how this is reasonable force.
Day says he was only treated by an EMT before being taken to jail, when by all rights he should have been taken to a hospital.
Young is currently on desk duty while an internal probe is underway into the incident.