USA – Arlington, Texas, man says he was Tased by Arlington police for no reason (2011-03-20)

Published on March 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Navy veteran, Jonathan Pierce, said an Arlington police officer mistakenly Tased him inside the pool hall around 1 a.m. Sunday. “‘I just don’t understand,’ Pierce said. ‘I didn’t do anything to nobody.’ According to Pierce, he went inside the bar to get money from an ATM. When he stepped outside to meet his friends, he heard a loud crash in the parking lot. ” ]]

WFAA, by MONIKA DIAZ

NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE

ARLINGTON — Jonathan Pierce still can’t shake the events that unfolded at Rack Daddy’s in Arlington.

“I didn’t even see it coming,” he said. “I’m still feeling shaky about the whole situation. It all happened so fast.”

The Navy veteran said an Arlington police officer mistakenly Tased him inside the pool hall around 1 a.m. Sunday.

“I just don’t understand,” Pierce said. “I didn’t do anything to nobody.”

According to Pierce, he went inside the bar to get money from an ATM. When he stepped outside to meet his friends, he heard a loud crash in the parking lot.

“A car came heading north, charged into the parking lot, and slammed into a minivan,” said Pierce’s friend Jessie Hodges. “The kid gets out and he runs right past me and I just go and I look and he runs. And then  the officer runs that way.”

“Next thing you know, I just heard some people screaming, and I seen a bunch of people start running towards the entrance of the door,” Pierce said. “So my natural reaction was, I decided to head to the inside of the club for safety.”

Seconds later, Pierce said an officer was on him.

“I get probably maybe halfway in the club and I just hear a loud pop,” he said. “And then I feel this sharp pain in my side.”

Pierce said the police officer then jumped on top of him. “And then he has a Taser in his hand, and he’s saying, ‘Get the (blank)… get the (blank) down. Don’t get up. Stay down.'”

Pierce said the officer handcuffed him and brought him outside. That’s when he came face-to-face with the other person in custody. A group of officers caught that man in the parking lot.

“Why is it the other officers knew the individual that they were pursuing?” Pierce asked.

He said the other man didn’t look anything like him. Their only similarity: Both were wearing basketball jerseys, but from different teams.

Pierce was eventually released and was never taken to jail.

The jolt from the Taser left a bruise on his right hip, but Pierce said the officer also left emotional scars that will take more time to heal.

“This officer never once tried to apologize or show any remorse for the situation,” he said.

Arlington police confirmed to News 8 that they did respond to an incident at the location and said they will review the alleged use of force.

Investigators said they will also determine if any further action needs to be taken.

Pierce said he and his friends gave statements to police late Sunday night. Piece plans to file a complaint with the department’s internal affairs unit on Monday morning.

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