Labor

Truly Shocking Video: Man Sues GOP Lawmaker Boss and Her Husband for Nine Months of Workplace Prank Tasings

Bradley Jones claims to have been tased repeatedly by co-workers, while bosses provided tasers, filmed it, and did nothing to stop the bullying.

Bradley Jones, workplace tasing victim.

Bradley Jones, a 45-year-old Texas man is suing Republican state lawmaker Patricia Harless and her husband over what he cites as months of attacks and abuse while working for them. The couple owns Fred Finger Motors, which Jones has worked at since 2009, and are now facing assault and battery charges, as well as failure to provide a safe workplace. 

Jones has stated that at the time of the attacks, he was unable to quit because he was saving up enough money to buy a home, enduring the attacks to the point where it has now left him paranoid in his private life. "I was constantly looking behind my shoulder, distracted, couldn't sleep," Jones told KHOU-TV, who first reported the story."I would even look behind my shower curtain at home. 

Jones's suit argues that Sam Harless provided other employees with a taser, and that Harless would often film them sneaking up and using it on him. The series of incidents lasted over a period of nine months, with many of the videos posted online (though they have since been taken down). 

Harless has denied any wrong doing, expressing joy that he "lives in a country like America" where due process is respected, calling the lawsuit "frivolous," and vowing that "once the facts come out, it will be thrown out." But the video evidence remains and has been seen by many in the TV news report. 

This story, of course, comes at a time in which tasings are becoming all the more common as police look for new ways to subdue suspects and abuse power. Earlier this week, 18-year-old Israel Hernandez was tased to death by Miami Beach Cops after he was spotted tagging a building. And just four years ago, 23-year-old Oakland native Oscar Grant was killed in a minor confrontation with the Oakland Police Department after BART officer Johannes Mehserle pulled out his gun instead of reaching for his taser. That case re-ignited decades-long ill-will between the Oakland community and its police department. 

Still, while the case centered around what Oakland PD cited as an accidental shooting, many felt that the attempted tasting itself was uncalled for, bringing us back to the idea that gun-substitutes offer lesser force and risk, and should thus not be monitored as rigorously. The case of dead-tagger Israel Hernandez ought to lay that argument to rest. 

Watch the news report on Bradley Jones' cruel ordeal:

As seen on KHOU-TV

Rod Bastanmehr is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @rodb.