Something went very wrong during a routine traffic stop that resulted in police drawing their guns, smashing a window and using a taser on a passenger. An Indiana family, who has the incident on video, has filed a lawsuit against the police after they drew their guns and used excessive force for a seat belt violation, according to the Raw Story on Oct. 7.
You will have to watch the video to decide for yourself if the police were within their rights to use this much force on the family, who had two kids in the back seat with them. You can hear one of their children crying and screaming when the window breaks and the passenger, who is their father, is hit with the taser, according to CBS Chicago News.
Lisa Malone was pulled over for a seat belt violation with her two children and her boyfriend in the car. They were on their way to the hospital where doctors said her mother “was near death.” She was hoping to get there before her mother died, according to Raw Story.
She originally handed police her license, registration and proof of insurance, but things quickly went south when police wanted her boyfriend’s ID. Jamal Jones told police he didn’t have an ID. He told the cops that he had a recent ticket from police and he reached into his book bag to retrieve the ticket and police drew their guns.
According to Fox News live on Wednesday, the police put spike sheets under the tires as the couple sat there. The aggressiveness the officers displayed scared Malone and she called 911 and asked if they could please send someone else to the scene after the police pulled their guns on the family, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The couple’s 14-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter were in the backseat and when the guns were drawn, the teen used his phone to video the incident. You can see the window break and you can hear the taser gun. You can also see the pain in Jones’ face as he is hit with a taser.
Jones was afraid to get out of the car because of the aggressiveness coming from the officers. That is when the cops smashed the window and tasered Jones. They dragged him out of the car and you can hear on the video the little girl crying and sobbing in the back seat.
Police did ask Jones to roll down his window and when he didn’t they broke it. He said he was afraid to roll down the window as he was looking at officers with guns drawn at him.
The lawsuit cites that Jones was wearing a seat belt when police stopped them for a seat belt violation. There was no suggestion of criminal activity from this family, so how did this escalate to guns, broken windows and a Taser?
One of the officers named in the lawsuit faced two previous excessive force lawsuits, which resulted in settlements paid out by the city. It looks as though this officer may be a costly liability to Hammond once more.