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By Amber Randall
A Texas police sergeant repeatedly tasered an already handcuffed black man multiple times during an arrest, according to Tuesday body camera footage.
The video, leaked to Fox 40, shows a Balch Springs police officer shoving a Taser in Marco Stephenson’s side while Stephenson is handcuffed and kneeling.
Officers were responding to a call about a man carrying a gun in the neighborhood, and they later learned that Stephenson was carrying a BB gun. Video shows the officers handcuffing Stephenson, who doesn’t appear to struggle with the officers.
Stephenson asks if he can spit out a toothpick, which prompts one officer to pull out his Taser and stun him with it.
“Don’t pull away. You understand? You understand? Don’t pull away. You get it? You get it? Because I ain’t playing with you today. Do you understand?” the sergeant says in the video, tasing Stephenson a second time.
The video comes as another Balch Springs police officer, Roy Oliver, faces murder charges for fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards with an AR-15 in April. The department swiftly fired Oliver after reviewing body camera footage from the incident.
“We understand people are upset and angry from the video that occurred in 2016 and we have made changes and corrections to better serve our community,” the department said in a statement.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber added that the sergeant responsible for tasing Stephenson underwent anti-bias and conflict resolution classes, but faced no criminal charges.
“It was determined charges would not be filed against the Balch Springs Police Officer after the video was reviewed by an independent agency and an internal review was conducted,” the department said.