In yet another taser abuse video, a Utah officer is shown telling a man to turn around and then tasering him in the back after the driver refused to sign a ticket — while the man’s pregnant wife screams from inside the car.
The video shows Trooper John Gardner firing on Jared Massey during a traffic stop on on Sept. 14th.
The roughly 10-minute video shows Gardnerpulling Massey over for speeding. When Massey refuses to sign the ticket, Gardner gets upset when Massey refuses to sign the ticket while arguing its basis. Gardner tells him to turn around and fires into his back. Massey can be heard saying “I don’t know why you’re doing this,” and “read me my rights.” His screaming pregnant wife is ordered by Gardner back into the car and when another officer appears, Gardner says “he took a ride with the Taser.”
Once again, the video shows how easy this device is abused by officers. Absent the video, Massey would have no claim against the officer’s word. Now he says a good torts case and Gardner will likely face termination.
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