Pittsburgh, PA — An unidentified woman was shot in the back with a taser by a cop who was apparently too afraid to simply try to handcuff her. She was not violent, was not trying to hurt anyone and merely walking slowly away from him before he shot. The cowardly incident was captured on a bystander’s cell phone.
The woman had walked out of UPMC Presbyterian hospital on Monday while being held for apparent mental issues. She allegedly ran down the road before police caught up with her.
However, once police told her to stop running, she did. After she was told to stop running, the woman then began walking. The officer, either confused or looking for a reason to deploy his taser unnecessarily, continued to yell, “stop running!” at the woman.
The officer yelled, “stop running” three to four more times at the woman who was not running before he yelled “taser, taser, taser!” and shot her in the back.
She immediately fell face first into the pavement in a fall that could prove to be life-threatening.
Multiple eye-witnesses, including the person who took the video and turned it into the local news station, claimed that the officer’s actions were excessive.
“I didn’t see the justification for the use of that excessive force,” said Henry Schwartz.
“They didn’t have to tase her, they could’ve just grabbed her. She was just walking,” another witness noted.
Another witness noted how senseless it was for such a massive cop to shoot such a small woman in the back with a taser without first making any effort to simply handcuff her.
“I thought it was weird that they tased her just because she was so little. I feel like they could have caught her. But maybe she was really fast. I don’t know. But other than the tasing nobody seemed too forceful or anything. I was OK with it. Nobody seemed out of line,” said witness, Jaci Kincaid.
As the video continues, police move in to handcuff the incapacitated woman as she lies prostrate and unconscious on the sidewalk. She appeared to be entirely unresponsive and her condition at this point is unknown.
When local news WTAE reached out to the department for a comment, police issued a benign statement alluding to the notion that they somehow helped this poor woman.
“Our officers did deploy a TASER to assist in the apprehension of a person who fled from UPMC Presbyterian. Shortly before that incident, Pitt police assisted city officers with the same individual who had jumped into a pond in Schenley Park in what appeared to be a suicide attempt, after which the individual had been transported to UPMC Presbyterian,” the statement read from the University of Pittsburgh police.
When asked if there was going to be an investigation into the use of force employed by their officers, the department chose to remain silent.
This case is eerily similar the case of Danielle Maudsley. Maudsley was 20-years-old when she tried to run from cops and was shot with a taser in the back.
The subsequent fall caused Danielle to slam down onto the pavement, smashing her head in the process. To this day, Danielle is still in a permanent vegetative state and the officer was subsequently cleared in the 2012 incident.
Just like the woman in the video above, who was simply running away from police over a minor incident, Danielle’s only crimes were two minor traffic offenses.