A man resisting arrest told the officer to “tase me if you want to” – and the arresting officer obliged him.
As usual, the story begins before the camera is rolling so there is a dispute about what happened.
“The individual was obviously intoxicated and obviously very, very disorderly,” Isle of Wight Sheriff Mark Marshall told reporters. “Mr. Laws ended up smacking the marked patrol unit and then yelled and gestured at the deputy. The deputy stopped [and] Mr. Laws tried to get in the window and actually hit the deputy.”
“He wasn’t drunk,” he said. “He had been working with me and my brother-in-law putting logs in a trailer. He was just on his way to go get a beer at the store when the officer pulled up,” said neighbor Raymond Berndt, clearly missing the irony in his own statement.
“The Taser has a video capacity, so when it is unholstered and charged it starts recording the direction of the Taser,” the Sheriff said. “We do have a protracted period of time where you can hear [the deputy say], ‘Please comply sir. Please. You’re under arrest. You assaulted me.’ The deputy tries to talk him down and we have probably a minute, minute and a half of that.”
While the neighbors have rallied around Laws following his shocking encounter, the Sheriff applauded the officer for showing restraint.
“It’s very unfortunate that [the] video does not represent the entirety [of the incident],” he said. “After he had been attacked by Mr. Laws and actually pinned against his vehicle and choked, the deputy, constitutionally and by police policy, would have been authorized to use deadly force and he did not.”