A Tallahassee Cop by the name of Terry Mahan tased a 62 year old woman in the back while she was walking away from him. Because the incident, which took place in the 500 block of Dunn Street, off Old Bainbridge Road, in Frenchtown, Florida was caught on video by one of the residents, the Tallahassee Police Department Chief Michael DeLeo placed Terry Mahan on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal-affairs investigation.
After she was tased, Viola Young fell face-first onto the pavement. She was then taken to the Leon County Jail on a charge of resisting an officer without violence.
According to court documents, officers noticed 23 year old Quontarrious Jones walking in the street and arrested him on a charge of resisting without violence because he kept walking instead of getting out of their way. Subsequently, 41 year old Laguna Young and 20 year old Quaneshia Rivers were arrested for resisting without violence too, because, according to police report, they talked back at the officers.
Shortly after the arrests, 62 year old Viola Young approached officers and, according to court documents, shouted: “I just want to know what is going on.”
Officer Terry Mahan told her she was under arrest, but she was moving away from him. Mahan responded by pulling out his taser and firing it into her back.
Terry Mahan, in a probable-cause affidavit, explained the use of force on Young thus:
Viola Young caused me to take my focus off of one of the arrestees and engage her…
Pouchon Richard, who recorded the video, said in an interview with Tallahassee Democrat that five people including a child were walking down the street when an officer pulled up and asked them to step out of the road. They replied by saying they had no other place to walk.
The officer then proceeded to arrest one of them, which caused escalation of tension because, as Pouchon Richard put it: “Everyone else was like – Why are you arresting him?”
If you look at the video, it’s quite obvious that there is no sidewalk, so the group had nowhere else to walk but in the street. Apparently, one of them did not step aside enough for the cop to like it, so he decided to arrest him. Others started ask why he was arresting him, so he arrested them too. Then the old woman came to ask why he was arresting all these people, so he tased her and arrested her too. That’s in a nutshell what happened.
It’s a full blown police state you live in if you get arrested for asking why someone else is being arrested. I mean – how fucking dare you think you have the right to know why an armed man is kidnapping you?
Unfortunately for the civilian, if you live in a police state, you are guilty by virtue of existing. The laws are intentionally written in such a way, so that a cop can easily justify any arrest. Disturbing the peace? Interfering with a police officer? Obstruction of justice? Obstruction of traffic? You name it…
Also, for the officer to tase someone on solid ground like seen in the video could easily kill them. If you also consider that the target was 62 year old, that only makes it worse. A taser effectively locks the body up so one can’t brace their fall. A full impact to your head could easily be fatal.
By right, the cop should be immediately fired and tried for battery and reckless endangerment. Except that in the police state, he will (as he is) receive paid vacation before he’s reinstated. Unless of course the public outrage continues, in which case he will move to a different state and get a job as a cop there.
Though I’m sure having to work elsewhere would be pretty painful for this cop. I mean – in Tallahassee, where there are neighborhoods with no sidewalks, he can go around arresting people at will just for being outside.