watch this video !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if your in the rose hill area !!! Fairfax is mad rascist... he didn't do nothing but turned around and put his hands on the car to be searched and got shot with a taserPosted by Romario Hercules Lara on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Fairfax police are investigating a Thursday incident in which a police officer used a stun gun while making an arrest.
In a video posted on Facebook, where it has been viewed over 100,000 times, a man in jeans and a baseball cap is shown turning around and putting his hands on a police car. He then falls onto his back as the officer is heard shouting “On the ground!” and then “Roll over!” It ends with the man lying on his stomach as the officer points a gun at his back.
“He was walking on the sidewalk. The cop pulled up, blocked his way,” said the 22-year-old man who shot the video outside the Rose Hill Shopping Center in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. A resident of Maryland, the videographer asked not to be identified because he works in the area and did not want publicity. He said he ran and got his cellphone at that point. When he came back, he began taping as the officer used his stun gun.
The video was cut off, he said, when another officer blocked him from recording.
Capt. Ed O’Carroll, a spokesman for the Fairfax police, said Internal Affairs is working on getting more details.
“Realizing that the video is going to get a lot of attention . . . folks are working over the weekend to find out what happened and inform the community,” O’Carroll said. He asked anyone who was in Rose Hill at the time and might have information about the incident to contact the police.
The officer involved has been identified but is not being named. He was in the area investigating a larceny complaint, O’Carroll said.
The videographer said he had spoken with Internal Affairs on Thursday and was told he would be contacted again after the weekend.
While all police cars in Fairfax are equipped with dashboard cameras, O’Carroll could not say whether the officer’s camera was active or able to record any of the interaction. Police in Fairfax do not have body cameras.
The incident occurred two days after prosecutors announced that no charges would be filed in the death of a mentally ill woman who had been restrained and Tasered at the Fairfax County jail.
O’Carroll called the stun gun “a useful tool for officers to use.”
But, he said, “we’ve got to determine” why it was used in this instance.