Tased and Confused
Deputies were serving 9 warrants for Charlie Roberson at a home in Pine Ridge, but instead they found Carlos Washington, two stolen handguns, marijuana and crack-cocaine. Initially, Washington cooperated with deputies, but when they arrested him in connection with the drugs and weapons, he became violent. Deputies then tased Washington.
"This is all junk," one neighbor exclaimed. "It wasn't even necessary. That's all I got to say."
Other neighbors however had more to say after the incident.
"They were out here and the dude couldn't breath," another neighbor recalled. "He's got asthma and heart problems. They wouldn't even give him water."
According to deputies, even though Washington was handcuffed, he was resisting arrest and was aggressive to the point where using a taser was warranted.
"Deputies have the right to use physical force up to the taser," Sgt. Keith Faulk explained. "This person became actively resistant and violent. He attempted to head-butt and kicking the deputies and bit one of our deputy sherriffs."
Washington bit the thumb of one of the three arresting deputies - breaking skin and drawing blood; the deputy was treated at the scene. Washington is being charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and drug trafficking. The man deputies were looking for later identified himself and went willingly with the deputies.
"You never know what you're going to get into in law enforcement," Faulk said. "It turned out to be a little bit bigger scene than we had anticipated."
During the incident, another deputy was also stunned because he was so close to Washington; he was treated at the scene, but Washington was transported for a medical examination before going to jail for possible after-effects in connection with his health and drug use.
"Roberson's girlfriend made the comment that the individual, Washington, had been taking drugs all night long," Faulk said.
While the episode did lead to two arrests - Roberson faces two additional drug charges - neighbors still maintained that what they saw was excessive:
"The police officers need to start acting right. They came looking for one person, and they did a whole investigation."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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