BART Cop Repeatedly Tases Passenger (VIDEO)

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A video that might not bode well for BART cops has surfaced in the media, showing an officer using his stun gun over and over on a passenger aboard a train in San Bruno.

The video, taken Jan, 29, was aired by KPIX 5, and shows the BART cop giving some stern warnings to the passenger in question. According to the news station, another passenger had called BART police claiming he had been harassing commuters on the train.

When police arrived, they asked the passenger in question to step to the platform, but he refused.

"Sir, get off the train. Get off the train, Sir!" the officer was heard saying.

The cop then Tases the man.

The full video (you can watch below) next shows the passenger being dragged to the aisle. "Don't move or I'll Tase you again," the officer was heard saying. Later, the officer told the man to "get on your stomach or I'll Tase you again."

Other passengers were heard on the video telling the cop that the man had not been bothering anyone.

Then more officers arrive.

Per the news station:

As the man was being held down and handcuffed, the video shows the same officer using the stun gun on the passenger for five seconds. One witness was so horrified that she wrote a blog post about the incident and later reported it to BART Police.

Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for BART, released the following statement to SF Weekly this morning:

An officer responded to a report of a man who was drunk and harassing patrons on a Millbrae bound train. Upon detention, the suspect because [sic] resistive and a TASER had to be used to take him into custody. A warrant check on the suspect revealed an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant out of the California Department of Corrections for parole violation. The train was held for 18 minutes. A sergeant arrived at the scene to approve the arrest and conduct the use of force investigation. The suspect was taken to Peninsula Hospital for clearance prior to being booked for resisting arrest, the warrant, and public intoxication.1401-4266 L12

"Also, per policy and protocol BART Police has initiated the proper investigation into this incident. The link to the video on the internet was also forwarded to BART's independent police auditor," Trost added.

BART policy states that a stun gun can only be used if the suspect poses an immediate threat of bodily harm to the officer or another person.

Here's the full episode:




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23 comments
Arnell J Ballesil
Arnell J Ballesil

If police threaten you with a taser or a gun, you would be smart to follow directions. Otherwise you are subject to their judgement.

Chris Vasquez
Chris Vasquez

dumbass should have complied with the officers commands...... end of story....

Art Gonzalez
Art Gonzalez

Bart and their police department suck! The service is mediocre, cars are filthy, and the homeless seem to live within the system.

VuDu Skrood
VuDu Skrood

So guy goes out for drinks, responsibly does not get behind wheel of a car then...uses alternative transportation to get home...get arrested for doing the right thing. Go Americastan!

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

No BART criminal passengers are to blame. I hope the cops took him down to the station, removed his pants and whipped his bare butt 30 times.

William Dolan
William Dolan

At least he didn't mistakenly use his glock 9 mm and blow someone's brains out.

Zachary Brown
Zachary Brown

To the officer in this story: YOU FOOL! YOU DON'T ACTUALLY SAY "TASER" BEFORE YOU DO IT! NOW YOU CAN'T USE THE MESHERLE DEFENSE! IDIOT!

Brenda Vallejo Hernandez
Brenda Vallejo Hernandez

It has nothing to do that he is black, Jorge junior, what it had to do is that he was harassing people and did not follow cops orders. The police did what was right at that moment, I don't see at all any mist conduct on the officers part.

Dub Gabriel
Dub Gabriel

Bart Police are so trigger happy, they even accidentally shoot at their own people. Madness! Are they just left overs that couldn't become real cops?

Anne-Marie Dumaresq
Anne-Marie Dumaresq

The guy did not appear (in the video) to be so much of a threat, that the long, second tasing (while being held down by two officers) was warranted.

Jorge Junior
Jorge Junior

If the guy that got tased was white, this would not be that big off news. TThe news is what still fuels this white/black race thing we have today. It also makes the hate towards police keep growing as all you hear about on the news is something negative about what a police officer does. They never put them on the news when they do good positive things to help people, and put their own lives at risk, which they all do everyday on a regular basis.

Dallas DeBurger
Dallas DeBurger

I'm astounded reading comments on other news outlets defending the guy and placing the blame on the officer. What the video doesn't show is what the guy did to warrant the officer getting on the train to pull him off in the first place. I'm sure it wasn't anything to do with the lady he was sitting by...we don't have the full story. Also...he was drunk, refusing to comply, and had a no bail warrant.

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

BARF cops make me puke!

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