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Witnesses Questioning Use Of Force After Virginia Police Officer Fires Stun Gun At Man Who Appears To Be Complying (Video)

| by Brendan Kelly
Virginia Stun Gun Incident.Virginia Stun Gun Incident.

A video (below) shared on social media showing a Virginia police officer firing a stun gun at a man who appears to be complying has many people questioning the officer's use of force.

In the video, the man seems to be complying with the officer's commands. He has his back to the officer and is shown putting his hands on the police cruiser right before the officer fires the stun gun at him.

"He did not try to run or nothing," one witness said. "That was wrong. How the police, unless he was wanted. But if he was wanted, the guy didn't have to Taser him like he did." 

The man who shot the video spoke about the incident to Fox 5.

“A a gentleman just happened to be walking down the sidewalk and the cop pulls up in front of him and tells him to turn over," he said. "And as soon as he has his back turned toward him, he tasers him. He didn’t see it coming. He told him to turn around. He turned around and complied. And boom he popped out his Taser and he shot at him."

Witnesses questioned the use of force and said that it is situations such as this that make people distrust police.

Lt. Brooke Wright with the Fairfax County Police Department said that as soon as the police chief learned of the video in question, he ordered internal affairs to investigate the officer's use of the stun gun. She said the man in the video was later arrested and the officer who fired the stun gun was investigating reports of theft.

“On that short snippet, it does appear concerning," Wright said. "And that's why we're looking into it. The community has a right to be concerned. We're concerned anytime something on its face in that way looks like it's an unjustified use of force and that's to be determined. If the officer is wrong he'll be held accountable." 

Sources: Fox 5, YouTube / Photo credit: Screenshot via YouTube