A Harris County, Texas, sheriff's deputy pulled a Taser on a black teen who was jogging in Houston in December 2016. The teen, Andrew, filmed the incident on his cell phone (videos below).
In the video, the deputy asked Andrew why he was out running, and the 17-year-old told the deputy that he was out jogging. The deputy told Andrew that he kind of matched the description of a robbery suspect, although that turned out not to be the case, notes The Free Thought Project.
"Have a seat on the ground or I’m going to light your ass up," the deputy told Andrew. "You’re not complying. No ID. I'm investigating a robbery, you’re running from that area."
The deputy claimed that the law required Andrew to carry an ID, but Andrew said he was only 17.
The deputy told him that 17 years old is an "adult," but FindLaw notes: "Texas, as do many other states, recognizes 18 as the 'age of majority,' at which point residents are legally considered adults (as opposed to 'minors')."
The deputy seemed to think Andrew was violating the law by not giving his name, but that's only true if someone has been arrested first, notes FindLaw: "A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information."
The video ends with the deputy handcuffing Andrew, who picks up the rest of incident in a description on his YouTube page:
After he handcuffed me and stopped the video from recording he put me inside his vehicle and made me answer all his question, what's your name, where do you live, what school you go to.
Then on his radio they add another description that the suspect was wearing a blue sweat shirt and black pants....I had on a black hoodie with blue shorts......
So this was taken place in Houston Texas, north bammel houston. after he released me i called my mother and told her everything that just happened while i was walking to my house.
In an update video posted by Andrew on Jan. 8, 2017, he recalled the incident, and showed viewers the clothes that he was wearing on the day of the incident.
The Harris County Sheriff's Department has not issued a statement on the incident.