A video from 2016 showing a Dallas police officer repeatedly stunning a cuffed man was leaked to a local new station and made public this week.
The video was allegedly taken in the same Dallas suburb where a cop, now ex-cop, fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.
The newly released video is stirring up quite a bit of controversy from the public for several reasons, race being one. The officer in the video is white and the suspect is black.
“Don’t pull away, do you understand? You understand? Don’t pull away,” the officer can be heard telling the suspect, 39-year-old Marco Stephenson. Despite Stephenson cooperating with the officer, the stun gun was used.
The footage started with the officer kicking away what appears to be a gun that Stephenson had, and used to threaten a group of kids. Stephenson said it was just a BB gun, but the officers said regardless of the type of weapon, he used it as a threat. During the conversation the police officer continued to stun Stephenson.
Balch Springs police released a statement regarding the video on Tuesday saying, “We understand people are upset and angry from the video that occurred in 2016 and we have made changes and corrections to better serve our community. The video was reviewed by the highest and prestigious Law Enforcement agency in Texas and that was the Texas Ranger Division. It was determined charges would not be filed against the Balch Springs Police Officer after the video was reviewed by an independent agency and an internal review was conducted.”
The department added that the sergeant in the video was forced to take conflict resolution and anti-bias classes.
The person who leaked the video remains anonymous.
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