Tenn. cop taunts woman after Tasing her over earrings: ‘I didn’t break your arm, you broke it’
A 61-year-old Tennessee woman is suing local authorities for refusing to help her after she was Tased while being booked, WTVC-TV reported.
Body camera footage shows Nancy Mason arguing with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rodney Terrell during the incident last March before being stunned and falling to the floor. As she grabs at her wrist, she can be heard saying, “You broke my arm.”
“I didn’t break your arm, you broke it,” Terrell responds.
Mason’s $1.75 million lawsuit accuses Terrell and five sheriff’s deputies of failing to help her after she fell. Footage from an interior camera shows a group of officers standing near Terrell after he Tased her while not moving toward Mason.
“She was deprived of due process in that she was in a helpless position, or was in the care and the control of the government actors, and that they failed to protect her.” said Mason’s attorney Robin Flores.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that none of the other deputies targeted by the suit have faced disciplinary action.
While Mason was cooperative during her arrest on theft charges, the situation escalated when Mason refused to remove her earrings while being booked.
“I will report you,” she told Terrell, who replied, “Step over there and you can report all you want.”
After Tasing her, Terrell asked Mason, “Now will you be able to get up and place your earrings on this?”
Mason pleaded guilty to the charges against her and received a suspended sentence. Flores said the fall caused her to suffer an arm fracture that has not healed.
Watch WTVC’s report, as posted online, below.
[h/t The Free Thought Project]