Florida Cop on Paid Leave After Tasing Elderly Black Woman10/04/2014
by Nana Aduba-Amoah A Tallahassee police officer has been suspended and placed on paid administrative leave after using a stun gun to tas...
by Nana Aduba-Amoah
A Tallahassee police officer has been suspended and placed on paid administrative leave after using a stun gun to tase a 61-year-old black woman for resisting arrest on Tuesday.
According to Tallahassee police, the officer, Terry Mahan, was among the few officers in the neighborhood responding to complaints about drug sales at around 5:20 p.m. Another officer detained three people when 61-year-old Viola Young attempted to approached him to inquire about an individual being detained. In a Youtube video captured by a bystander on nearby porch, Mahan can be seen walking towards Young in an attempt to grab her. When Young tried to walk away, Mahan fired a taser cartridge on her back, causing her to fall face-first onto the floor.
According to MSNBC reports, Young was cleared by Leon County paramedics then charged and jailed with resisting arrest without violence. Tallahassee Police Chief, Michael DeLeo, stated that Mahan has been suspended and placed on administrative leave while authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Watch video of the incident below:
Nana Aduba-Amoah is a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago pursuing her M.A in Journalism. She received her B.A. in communications at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She's a Ghanaian native who currently resides in the Chicago area. She's passionate about covering political issues and loves to write poetry on her spare time.