And the Fairfax County Cops get away with it once again
A video posted 15 second video online of a Fairfax County cop using a stun gun during an arrest has triggered an internal inquiry into the cop’s use of force. The Fairfax County Police investigated the cop and …wait for it…..found him innocent of any wrong doing!
‘This is a very, very short snippet of information. We don’t know everything that led up to the event. We don’t know everything that happened after,” says Fairfax County Police 2nd Lt. Brooke Wright in a stupid statement….in other words there is a reason to stun gun a man for no reason at all.
The cop hasn’t been identified of course nor will he ever be.
Elton Cansler stole a pair of cheap sunglasses from a bank. The bank called the police.
The cops saw Cansler hanging around a 7-11 across from the bank. The cop drove up to Cansler and reported that “Cansler immediately put his hands in his front pockets.” No one else saw that except the cop.
The cop, according to witness, was highly agitated and nervous and screamed at Cansler to remove his hands from his front pockets and asked him if he taken the sunglasses.
Cansler took his hands out of his pockets and said that he had taken the sunglasses.
So, so far, the young man, took some sunglasses, walked across the street and stood around, followed the cop’s orders and admitted he had committed a crime.
The cops says he saw a knife clipped, in full view, on Canslers pant pocket.
The knife was not hidden.
Cansler compiled with the angry cop.
Cansler did not try to flee.
The cop asked where the sunglasses were and Cansler told him and tried to move to get the sunglasses…the cop told him not to move but Cansler reached into his back pocket and handed over the sunglasses.
After that point the cop version of reality and what several witnesses saw vary greatly.
The cop says Cansler resisted his efforts to be handcuffed. Witness say the cop gave a series of conflicting orders to the man.
As the film shows, Canslers had his back to cop as he was commanded to do and the cop tasered to the ground…over a pair of sunglasses
Remarkably Cansler AND NOT THE COP was arrested for assault.
The videographer told the Washington Post that he watched the man walking down the sidewalk; then a cop “pulled up, blocked his way.” So he got his cell phone and starting filming, returning to the scene just as the cop took out his Taser. Another cop forced him to stop taping the interaction. Afterward, he posted it on Facebook.
In the witness’ opinion, there didn’t appear to be any immediate reason for the cop to use his stun gun on this man, telling Fox 5 “He told him to turn around. He turned around he complied. And boom he popped out his Taser and he shot at him …”
Another witness said “A gentleman just happened to be walking down the sidewalk and the cop pulls up in front of him and tells him to turn over. And as soon as he has his back turned toward him, he Tasers him. He didn’t see it coming. He did not try to run or nothing. That was wrong. How the police, unless he was wanted. But if he was wanted, the guy didn’t have to Taser him like he did.”