A veteran sergeant from the Fort Worth Police Department was fired following an arrest in which he used excessive force on a woman. According to the Star-Telegram, 22-year veteran Sgt. Kenneth Pierce was terminated after it was found that he arrested a woman in August and prompted the use of a taser. During the process, he was described as "impatient, initiated an unnecessary physical confrontation and then ordered a rookie police officer to tase the woman,” per to a statement from authorities.
The incident in question occurred in August when the woman, who is black, called authorites for a domestic disturbance. According to Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, the woman was cooperating with police. He says that it's senseless why Pierce, who is white, demanded the need for such force. “I’m confident that everyone who sees this video, including members of this department, will agree this supervisor’s response and subsequent behaviors are absolutely unacceptable."
The incident was captured on video.
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The sergeant's attorney dismisses that the video truly shows what happened during the interaction. "They are making claims that Pierce escalated the situation, and I don't see it that way. I see that she was completely noncompliant with everything she was asked to do. He came in and was trying to help the rookie officer gain control to try to get her to comply."
The sergeant's legal team is planning on appealing the decision that he was terminated. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald said charges against the victim have been dropped. They have tried to contact her but she has not responded.
A similar incident occurred within the department a year ago. According to CBS DFW, a video went viral in which an officer got into a fight with a mother who called upon him to protect her son. A heated exchange ensued and he took her to the ground and handcuffed her. The video footage sparked outrage and protests in the city from those arguing against the use of excessive force.
[Photo: Surveillance video]