Police in Tennessee were caught on camera using a stun gun on a nurse in an emergency room because he allegedly refused to leave.
Roger W. Davis, who works at the Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, was arguing with hospital staff last Thursday about the treatment of his mother, who was a patient in the emergency room, according to Times Free Press in Chattanooga.
Medical staff asked him to leave, and then a dispute broke out between Davis and two officers, which patient Ethan Raymond recorded.
Raymond's video shows the female officer, identified as Sarah Rogers, placing a hand on Davis' arm.
"As I did this, Mr. Davis started swinging his arms in an attempt to keep me from making him leave," Rogers wrote in an affadavit. She said Davis started "swinging his arms in an attempt to keep me from making him leave," and at one point punched the other officer in the face, "busting his lip."
A man’s voice can be heard in the video yelling, “Tase him! Tase him!” Davis can be heard saying, “I’ll walk out on my own.”
Davis tells him to put his hands behind his back and he doesn't comply. She then shoots him with a stun gun and he falls to the ground as a crowd of people gathers to watch.
The man who recorded the confrontation said the officers got testy with Davis.
“I remember [Davis] was walking out and the lady cop kept antagonizing him,” Raymond told Oxygen.com. “I don’t know what she said but he stopped turned around and said, ‘You can’t speak to me that way.’ She said she could do what she wanted to do.”
Raymond said he had had surgery two days before the brawl broke out, and that he spotted it while walking around the hospital.
Davis has been charged with two counts of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The hospital said in a statement that it thanked the Chattanooga Police Department "for containing the situation" and "ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff."
"Because of their diligence, patient care in the emergency department was in no way impacted as a result of this isolated incident," a spokesperson for the hospital said. It is not clear if Davis is still employed there.
The Chattanooga Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment.
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