Shocking video out of Florida shows police tasering an elderly man despite the fact that his hands are up and he appears to be offering no resistance.
The clip, which was filmed by a family on their way to Key West, shows cops yelling at people inside the vehicle before the elderly man exits the passenger side of the car with his hands up.
“Oh he’s just an old man!” remarks one of the eyewitnesses.
The cop grabs the man’s arm and orders him to get down on the ground. Seconds later, a second officer shouts, “Let him go,” before unleashing 50,000 volts of electricity via his taser gun, despite the fact that the man had his hands up and was clearly being compliant.
The man collapses to the ground while screaming in agony. He appears to be unable to break his own fall.
“They tasered him! Is he alive?” asked the shocked onlooker, before commenting, “Oh God he’s all limp”.
One of the officers appears to be shouting that the man was resisting, although he immediately puts his hands behind his back while laying face down on the floor.
The family filming the incident then become concerned that they will be “harassed” for doing so, leading the woman to say, “Yeah maybe David, can you put it away.”
The video was uploaded yesterday. No further information has emerged about the incident.
The man’s age is especially concerning given that the elderly are at higher risk of suffering cardiac arrest and death from being tased.
Despite being referred to as a “non-lethal weapon,” there have been at least 634 taser-related deaths in the United States since 2001, leading critics to assert that the weapon is a dangerous form of “pain compliance” that is being overused by police officers.