UPDATE: 11-18-13 11:00 AM EST
The mother of the 14-year-old boy who was subdued with a Taser in the face is calling into question whether the officer’s actions were appropriate.
“I know what my son did was wrong, but look at the picture, you think he deserved all that for retail theft?” Marissa Sargent told LevittownNow.com exclusively on Saturday morning.
Sargent also alleged her son’s rights were violated because police officials “wouldn’t let me see him at the police station.”
“He’s a minor, I’m his parent, and I should’ve been able to talk to him while I was there” she said.
Sargent plans to file a complaint against the Tullytown Police Department. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
A photo of a 14-year-old baby badly bruised, swollen and beaten has been making it’s way around the internet, posted by the teen’s mother her claims her son was abused by police.
Sharing the picture below on Facebook (which we warn is pretty graphic), the mom claims the police of Tullytown, Pennsylvania left her son’s eyes swollen and nose broken, after tasering him in the face.
This is my 14 yr old son who was brutually tortured By 2 Tully town officers he was handcuff but they say he resisted arrest that yall tazzed him in his face …not only that they took him to lower bucks hospital with out his mother consent they broke his nose n both eyes were swollen shut these prejudice cops need a rude awakening any one know anyone that can help my son please help they took him to the police station n told me I could not come up there but as a mother who loves her child I did Go to the station they would not let me n at all they talked to me through the door I didn’t see my son for tree days n the cops says o he’s fine we ordered him pizza really? Any one who can help me get justice please comment I’m torn mad angry just can’t deal # HELP
However the police seem to have a different story.
According to the police, after they handcuffed the teen and put him in the back of the cop car, he escaped leading to a chase and he refused to listen to orders. This, they claim led to them using a taser after several warnings.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler gave the following account to the Courier Times:
Tullytown police were called to Wal-Mart for a shoplifting incident.
Police took three males into custody. While in the back of a patrol car in handcuffs, one of them got away and started running toward Route 13.
Police gave chase, repeatedly warning the youth to stop.
Seeing the teen running toward Route 13 with his handcuffed hands behind his back, police feared for his safety. They warned him he would be hit with a Taser.
Heckler said he was told the police officer gave a warning to stop or he would use his Taser gun.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that police did warn the youth several times, Heckler said.
Not seeing him stop, police fired a Taser barb, hitting the boy in the shoulder and cheek.
The boy fell down. He was taken to a hospital and treated. He was then taken to the county juvenile detention center in Doylestown Township as he was under a juvenile probation violation, Heckler said.
Heckler says his office is not investigating the claims, but said if the boy’s mother comes forward and complains, he would look into it.
And while Heckler hasn’t spoken to the teenager he says juvenile probation spoke to the boy and the teen also told his probation officer that no one ever touched him.
Mmm… conflicting stories much? We’re sure in due time the truth will come out. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one. Until then let us know who’s story you believe.