Baton Rouge Officer Tasers, Kicks, Punches Man During Crash Investigation [Video]
Video has surfaced of a Baton Rouge Police Officer tasing, kicking and punching a man during an accident investigation on Airline Highway.
Reports state that Shawn Shoemaker allegedly sped through a red light on South Choctaw and collided with two other cars.
From WAFB -
"In the video, you can see a Baton Rouge policeman on the left exchanging words with a man on the right, believed to be Shoemaker. The officer then pulls out a Taser and uses it on the man. It knocks the man back but he does not fall. The officer then kicks the man in his back.
In the written report, the officer says when he tried to get Shoemaker to his police unit, the man told him, "Get the (expletive) away from me." The officer reported Shoemaker then came at him with closed fists. The officer says he used his Taser, "...at which time it did not create the desired effect on the defendant...", so a second cartridge was used, bringing Shoemaker to his knees.
Another look at the video shows, following the kick, the officer throws a punch and Shoemaker goes down. The tape then shows a group of men, possibly witnesses, walking up and surrounding Shoemaker. One of them puts a knee in Shoemaker's back.
The report by police says Shoemaker tried to get back up, but after several verbal commands another BRPD officer assisted the first officer in getting Shoemaker to the ground. At that point, they say Shoemaker tried to grab the Taser and pull it out of the officer's hands."