According to their defense in The Morning Call, this is what Allentown police claim happened when, on September 29, Officer Jason Ammary tased a 14 year old Dieruff High School student. She was walking along Washington Street after school with two female companions at the time.
Police tried to get students to move along with verbal commands. Most listened, but some remained in the middle of the street, talking on phones, texting or just not moving.The video captured from City surveillance cameras, which you can see above, tells quite a different tale.
An officer approached the girl and two of her friends to get them to move along, but she began to curse, which was inciting the crowd. The officer went to arrest her for being disorderly, but she twisted away from him.
She began to resist and the officer had to lean her against the trunk of a car to place cuffs on her. The girl turned back and elbowed the officer in the chin.
The girl kept hitting the officer, so he backed up, un-holstered his Taser and fired at her. He reached down to get his cuffs, which fell during the struggle, and he placed her in custody.
The first segment, lasting 15 seconds, shows the girl walking along Washngton Street with her two friends. They're obviously in the middle of the street, which would certainly be an annoyance to drivers. But there was certainly no riot. The scene is similar to what you see at any high school at the end of the day. The video ends when the girl suddenly turns around, perhaps in response to a friend calling her, or to Officer Ammary.
Then the camera apparently moves to something else.
The second segment, lasting 39 seconds, shows Ammary's taser assault. You can see this big tough cop ramming a 14 year-old girl up against a parked car, jamming his forearm into her throat. I see n evidence of any violence from her at all.
The Officer claims he was forced to tase this 14 year-old girl because she kept hitting him. But what the video reveals is that, despite the absence of violence from her, he suddenly backs away from chiking her and decides to pull out his taser. As he does so, you can see her raise both hands in surrender. According to the complaint filed by Att'y Rick Orloski, she shouts "No!" at that time as well.
Despite this, Officer Ammary hits her with his taser, and in her private parts. As this young girl goes down, one of her friends tries to help her, but is shooed away by Ammary and two other security officers. As the film ends, you can see a third security officer escorting a handcuffed young man away.
All of these security offices and Ammary have no problem walking all over the street thy are so concerned about, according to their claims in The Morning Call.
To me, it is a disgusting display.