Caught on camera: Shocking moment police officer tases schoolgirl, 14, seconds after she puts her hands up
Lawsuit says student did nothing to warrant being tasered
Police claim she was cursing, inciting a crowd, resisting arrest and elbowed officer in chin
100 seconds of video showing what preempted attack missing
By Rachel Quigley
Last updated at 6:21 PM on 14th December 2011
A surveillance video showing a police officer tasering a 14-year-old girl in the groin has been released as part of a lawsuit she has filed against the officer and the city.
Keshana Wilson, from Allentown, Philadelphia, was tasered by the police officer on September 29 outside Dieruff High school as she was walking with a group of friends.
Though 100 seconds is missing from the video according to the lawsuit, it captures the final encounter between Miss Wilson and officer Jason Ammary, but not what preempted it.
The officer claims the girl resisted arest and elbowed him in the chin, the lawsuit claims he grabbed her from behind without identifying himself and shoved her into the car.
The 14-year-old is seen walking towards the car before it abruptly cuts to her being slammed against the side of it by the officer.
A struggle ensues, before the officer steps back and fires his taser at her groin, causing her to collapse in agony on the ground.
According to the lawsuit, the police report claims Ammary aimed his weapon lower because Wilson was using her backpack to block the Taser.
But in the video Miss Wilson’s upper body is clearly exposed.
In the video, Miss Wilson appears to raise her arms about a second before he shoots at her.
Attorney Richard J. Orloski, who filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Victoria Geist, the mother of the 14-year-old-girl in the video, says that Ammary used excessive forced when he fired the taser directly at the teen’s groin.
According to the Morning Call, Miss Wilson was taken to hospital to have probes removed before being arrested and charged with aggravated assault on the officer, simple assault, riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and walking on the highway.
The assault and riot charges were dismissed in juvenile court.
The continuum is a standard that gives law enforcement officials guidelines regarding how much force may be used against a resisting subject in a given situation.
It allows officers to use non-lethal means to restrain and control an active resister after their presence and verbal commands fail.
These can include pepper spray, hands, baton or the Taser.
Source: The Morning Call
The lawsuit filed against officer Ammary and the city of Allentown claims that the girl did nothing to provoke the officer, according to the Morning Call, but that he grabbed her from behind and shoved her into the car while making insulting remarks.
But Allentown police say that Miss Wilson was cursing, inciting a crowd of students and resisting arrest – which included elbowing the officer in the chin.
The Morning Call reports that Allentown Assistant Police Chief Joseph Hanna claimed the officer was justified in using the Taser because of the ‘use-of-force continuum’.
They are trained to use in accordance with amount of force used and not related to age or gender.