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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Tasered While Black and on knees, pepper sprayed, and punched in Seattle
SEATTLE - The King County Sheriff's Office is investigating a scuffle that erupted when Seattle police tried to make an arrest on New Year's Eve.
Police officers ended up using a Taser on the man who, at that time, was on his hands and knees.
Watch the raw video of the arrest)
Police say Richardson, 23, had a simple choice -- comply or get arrested, and he chose the latter. But Richardson's aunt claims the police took it one step too far when they didn't have to, with her nephew already on the ground.
The scuffle broke out in the packed streets near the Space Needle when a computer glitch suddenly stopped the planned fireworks, sending the excited crowds on the ground over the edge.
The footage shows Richardson being pepper-sprayed, punched then Tased from behind while he was down on his knees.
"He was beat in the back of the head with a baton, he was kicked, he was punched in the face (and) for what?" said Michelle King, his aunt.
King, who works for Seattle's Municipal Court, says she knows the justice system and is sure the officers went too far.
"To me, the police department is nothing but a licensed gang and I stand by my son. And no matter what happens after today, I'm going to stand by my son and my nephew until the end," she said.
When KOMO 4 News showed the tape to Seattle police, they shared a different take of the incident. more HERE