Police in Merced, California are looking into a case of a double amputee who claims that he was tasered twice by police in his wheelchair, partially stripped in public, and then held for days without charge. Gregory Williams, 40, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and resisting arrest but never charged. Neighbors complained that the police were abusive and humiliating in their treatment of Williams.
Williams was unarmed at the time of the incident and says that he was roughed up by officers and demeaned by having his pants pulled down and left on a public sidewalk in handcuffs.
Prosecutors ultimately concluded that they lacked evidence to support the charges. The officers claimed that Williams was “uncooperative” and resisted their efforts to take his two-year-old child to protective services.
Here is an account by Williams and a witness:
It seems likely that Williams will soon be filing a civil lawsuit in the case. There has been no response by the department pending investigation and the full account of the officers is not available to give their side of the encounter.