Woman says cops beat and tased 14-year-old son in face after shoplifting arrest
The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was arrested for shoplifting from a Pennsylvania Walmart is accusing the police of abusing the boy.
Tullytown Police arrested Marissa Sargeant’s son for retail theft on Tuesday night. An adult relative was also taken into custody.
“The picture speaks a thousand words,” says Marissa Sargeant, who shared several graphic photos with NBC10 that shows her son bruised, cut and swollen. “What he did was wrong. He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better,” said Sargeant.
Members of Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection team positively identified the teen, along with his 19-year-old cousin. Police say after the teen’s arrest, he took off running while handcuffed. According to the Bucks County District Attorney, the police officers yelled warnings at the teen, fearing for his safety. They fired a stun gun to subdue him, striking him in the face. The boy fell face first after being tased.
His mother says that the officers must have hit or kicked her son who was taken directly to the hospital for treatment. The family has threatened to hit the department with a lawsuit.
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