Man suing for excessive force after being tased repeatedly

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Newly-released police body-cam video shows officers tasing a man multiple times during an arrest, including in or near his genitals.  

Johnny Wheatcroft is now  suing the Glendale Police Department in Arizona and alleging excessive force after officers approached him while sitting in a parking lot and used a stun gun on him multiple times.      

Warning: Some viewers might find the attached video disturbing.

Wheatcroft was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, another man was driving and Wheatcroft’s two children and their mother are in the back seat when the incident occurred.

After the incident, Wheatcroft was placed into a squad car and booked on felony aggravated assault on an officer.

The lawsuit says Wheatcroft spent months in jail before those charges were dropped.

Wheatcroft claims in the federal lawsuit that officers used excessive force and torture during the arrest violating his constitutional rights.

Since the lawsuit was filed, Glendale police have released new surveillance video of the incident, which appears to show a woman in the car throwing something at the other officer — apparently knocking him to the ground.

In a statement to CNN, Glendale police say when Wheatcroft reached below the seat into a backpack — and refused to identify himself or obey the officer’s instructions, for their safety, and that of the children, officers tried to remove him from the vehicle.

It goes on to say, as they tried to detain Wheatcroft, the woman hit one of the officers over the head with a bag of bottled drinks, knocking him unconscious.

That’s when the officer deployed his taser to regain control of the situation

Methamphetamine was later found in the vehicle, according to the police statement.

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