Shocking Video: Cop Tasers 14-Year-Old Girl In the Groin for Cursing and Resisting Arrest

On September 29, Keshana Wilson, 14, was tasered in the groin while shoved against a parked car by Allentown, Pennsylvania police officer Jason Ammary, just outside her high school. 

Wilson’s mother has filed a lawsuit against the officer in U.S. District Court for using excessive force. The incident was captured in surveillance footage, which can be seen here. NBC10 Philadelphia gives a detailed description of the confrontation:

The video first shows Keshana Wilson, 14, walking towards a car on the street with two friends on the 800 block of Washington Street before turning to talk to another group of students, according to the Morning Call.

The video then abruptly cuts to Allentown Police Officer Jason Ammary struggling with Wilson on the side of a parked car. Ammary appears to be shoving Wilson against the car. She then appears to push her forearm against his face.

Ammary then steps back and fires his Taser at Wilson’s groin, causing her to collapse to the ground. Several security officers then arrive. One can be seen leading a teen boy away in handcuffs.

The Morning Call reports Wilson was taken to the hospital to have probes from the Taser removed.

 

As if electric shock weren’t enough to traumatize the young girl, Wilson was then arrested and detained for weeks.

The teen then spent 21 days in juvenile detention charged with aggravated assault on the officer, simple assault, riot charges and resisting arrest. In juvenile court she was found not guilty of the most serious assault and riot charges but was found guilty of disorderly conduct and being a pedestrian on the highway.

 

Of course the police have offered a much different account and defend Ammary’s actions as completely justified.

Allentown Police claim Wilson was cursing and inciting a group of people.  They say that she then twisted away from the officer when he went in to arrest her for disorderly conduct. Ammary leaned her against the trunk of the car to place handcuffs on her but she continued to resist and elbowed him in the chin, according to police.”

According to the lawsuit, the police report claims Ammary aimed his weapon lower because Wilson was using her backpack to block the Taser. The video shows Wilson’s upper body exposed however. The suit also says the police report claims hundreds of students were blocking traffic at the time of the incident. The video only shows a small number of students on the street however.”

While defending his fellow officer, Allentown Assistant Police Chief Joseph Hanna argued that “officers are trained to use the justified amount of force dictated by the actions of the resister, not their age or gender.” 

AlterNet / By Rania Khalek

Posted at December 15, 2011, 9:01am

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