15 May 2013
Delaware – The Rehoboth Beach police officer, seen in this video tasering a man, has been placed on administrative leave.
The police chief says Cpl. Robert Whitman is on leave, while an internal investigation is conducted by Dover Police.
The man in the video, 34-year-old Jeremy Anderson of Mechanicsburg, Pa., says he didn’t deserve the treatment he received from the three officers.
He claims the entire ordeal started after he got into a verbal altercation with a hotel worker over a room key while vacationing in the Delaware city. Once police arrived, Anderson says they began to use a taser on him.
“He tased me in the chest,” he said. “I fell to the ground and he shot me with a dart in the back. He tased me multiple times in the spine.”
Anderson’s wife, Candace Brubaker, soon arrived and turned on her cellphone camera while begging the officers to stop.
“I was horrified,” said Brubaker. “You hear me in the video, I was simply horrified.”
Anderson was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and offensive touching of law enforcement. He spent two nights in jail before Brubaker posted a $7,000 bond. Once he was released and returned home, Anderson says he was told by doctors that he suffered a concussion.
“I have severe head pain, severe back pain and my nerves were freaking shot,” said Anderson.
The couple is demanding an apology from the city and the Rehoboth Police Department. They also want the officers seen in the video to be relieved of their duties.
“At this point it would not be fair to comment about what I think,” said Banks. “But we assure the Rehoboth Beach community that we take these things very seriously and every use of force will be followed up on.”
Banks says none of the officers in the video have been fired.
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