The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was arrested for shoplifting last week has accused several Tullytown police officers of brutally beating her son.
After the boy and his 19-year-old cousin Jordan Gibson were spotted by Walmart Asset Protection, police were called to the scene to arrest both males and a driver for retail theft.
“What he did was wrong. He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better,” said Marissa Sargeant, the boy’s mother.
According to police, after the boy was handcuffed he immediately took off running before deputies could place him in the back of a police cruiser.
The Bucks County District Attorney claims that police, fearing for the boy’s safety after several warnings to stop were ignored, fired a Taser, allegedly hitting the boy in the face. The boy then, handcuffed and unable to brace his fall, fell forward and struck his face into the ground. Sargeant says the markings on her son’s face tell a different story.
“That doesn’t sound right. There’s no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a taser in the front of his face,” said Sargeant. “The picture speaks a thousand words.”
Sargeant believes the officers must have punched or kicked her son in the face and demanded he not tell anyone. According to Sargeant’s Facebook page, the incident not only left her son with 2 swollen eyes, but a broken nose as well.
Following the arrest, Sargeant claims police ordered her not to come visit her son at the police station. Fearing for her son’s safety, Sargeant drove to the station anyway where she was allegedly denied access and told that her son was alright because police “ordered him pizza.”
“I’m so hurt… he’s 14, he never deserved this,” Sargeant added.
While the District Attorney initially had no plans to investigate the incident following review of the department’s report, an investigation was soon opened after the boy’s picture went viral online. The boy’s family is currently filing suit.
This is not the first incident of police tazing a young child while simultaneously fearing for their well being. A naked 11-year-old autistic girl was tasered by Oregon police after she was found helplessly wandering a freeway last June. Similarly, police denied any wrongdoing in the incident as well.