A shocking video has been released showing a 17-year-old teenager being tased by a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a foot chase on July 12 in Carroll County, Georgia.
The incident began with a traffic stop on Interstate 20 EB near exit 84 when the deputy pulled over a vehicle with two teenagers inside for lack of insurance. After the teens in the vehicle admitted to having marijuana, they were asked to stand outside the vehicle as another deputy conducted a search.
However, once the passenger realized the vehicle was being searched, he decided to flee, prompting a foot chase. A deputy caught up with him and used a taser to subdue him.
In the released video, the teenager can be heard pleading with the deputy to allow him to call his mother. The deputy responds, “I told you, you were going to be fine. You understand that you were about to go home, right? Now, you’re going to jail.”
To this, the teenager replied, “I’m just so scared of the police, sir. Please, sir, I’m sorry. Can I please call my mom?” The deputy then informed him that he could call his mother from jail.
The teenager, whose identity has been withheld, is now facing charges of obstruction. There has been no information released about whether the other teenager is also facing charges. It’s worth noting that in Georgia, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is classified as a misdemeanor.
The incident has raised questions about the use of force and the treatment of minors in police encounters. The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has not yet issued a statement regarding the incident or the actions of their deputy.