Surveillance video has emerged of a Pennsylvania police officer tasering a 14-year-old girl in the groin. However, what could be a crucial 100 seconds that shows what led to the confrontation is missing.
The Daily Mail reports that on September 29, Keshana Wilson was walking with a group of friends outside of her school in Allentown when the struggle with police began. Wilson claims she did nothing to provoke police; however officers say she was cursing and inciting the crowd.
Officer Jason Ammary said Wilson resisted arrest and elbowed him in the chin.
Wilson claims Ammary grabbed her from behind, slammed her onto a car and said insulting things to her.
The video picks up at this point, with Wilson against the car. She appears to raise her hands just before Ammary tasered her. Ammary said he aimed at her groin because she was holding a backpack against her chest, but her chest appears to be exposed on the video.
Wilson was initially charged aggravated assault on the officer, simple assault, riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and walking on the highway. The assault and riot charges were dismissed in juvenile court.
The Morning Call reports that Allentown Assistant Police Chief Joseph Hanna said Ammary was justified in using the Taser because of the "use-of-force continuum."
The video is evidence in a lawsuit Wilson has filed against Ammary and the city of Allentown: