Two weeks after a Balch Springs, Texas police officer shot and killed a 15-year old boy, the police department is investigating a leaked video of another incident involving its officers.
According to a FOX 4, the leaked body cam video is from an April incident that shows a white Balch Springs officer using a taser on a handcuffed black man.
The video was mailed to FOX 4 after the shooting death of Jordan Edwards by another Balch Spring officer who has since been fired. Roy Oliver was fired after an an internal affairs investigation concluded he violated multiple department policies. He shot a black teen who was in the passenger seat of a car fleeing a house party.
The leaked body cam video begins with an officer responding to a call about a man waving a gun in a neighborhood. The video shows the suspect, 39-year-old Marco Stephenson, on his knees with his hands on his head upon the officer’s arrival. He appeared to be complying with officer's commands, according to the Fox affiliate report.
As officers approach Stephenson, a gun is kicked away. The gun is later determined to be a BB gun. Officers began removing Stephenson’s backpack, and Stephenson mentioned spitting out a toothpick.
“Don't pull away! You understand? You understand?” a sergeant on the video responded as he’s tasing Stephenson. “Don't pull away! You get it?! You get it?! Because I ain't playing with you today! Do you understand?!"
"Yes sir,” Stephenson replied.
The sergeant who used the taser is a supervisor and the sergeant's actions were questioned by his own officers, according to the report. The sergeant was put on "no contact with the public" until he completed classes on conflict resolution, anti-bias and how to respond to mental health calls.
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