An Arizona man has filed a lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department following a July 2017 incident where his attorney says he was tased 11 times by officers.
Body camera footage of the arrest shows police pulling in front of a car in a Motel 6 parking lot. Police said in a release they were conducting intensive patrol because of increased crime in the area.
Police in the body cam footage say it’s a traffic stop because the car didn’t use its turn signal when pulling into the Motel 6.
Officers Matt Schneider and Mark Lindsey walked up to a Ford Taurus which had two children and three adults inside, including Johnny Wheatcroft, 37, and his two young sons.
“Upon contact, officers discovered that the driver did not have a driver’s license and began to address an observed seat belt violation,” Glendale PD said in a release.
Police said they observed Wheatcroft reaching below the seat into a backpack and said Wheatcroft would not identify himself or obey officers instructions to stop reaching under his seat. That’s when officers made the decision to pull Wheatcroft from the vehicle.
According to police, Wheatcroft physically resisted officers as they tried to remove him. Police said Wheatcroft argued, yelled and physically resisted officers, so a taser was used.
Body camera footage of the incident shows Wheatcroft being tased as he was tangled in the seatbelt.
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