Back in September, a man living in North Braddock, Pittsburgh, was tasered in his own home, while sleeping on the couch. The story is summed up below.
Shawn Hicks had come back from a night out and plopped down on his own couch in his own home. Unfortunately, he failed to deactivate the silent alarm on his home security system. According to Hicks, two police officers responded to the alarm, entered his home, and woke him with a taser between the shoulder blades. When Hicks tried to explain that the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and that the officers were in his own home, they tasered him again. They next checked his wallet and ID, which confirmed his name and address. Then they tasered him again. The police then removed the taser pellets from Hicks’ bloody back, refused to get him medical treatment, and arrested him for “being belligerent.” They threw him in a holding cell until 5 am the next morning, when they released him without filing any charges.
Of course, the police department suspended the officers who tasered Hicks without pay while they conducted an investigation. Then, the chief had them arrested for assaulting Hicks with their tasers, falsely arresting him, and violating his civil rights. They are now serving the justly deserved prison sentence.
Or not. Police officers just seem to be flying off the handle more and more these days, getting away with things that once could only happen on New York soil in the 50’s.
They MUST be held accountable