An American teenager last week announced she is suing police in Tacoma, Washington, after she was stopped by officers while riding her bike through a mall car park, thrown to the ground, and tasered.
Footage released on 10 May shows Monique Tillman, who was 15 when the incident occurred in 2014, riding through Tacoma Mall with her brother, Eric, when Office Jared Williams stops them.
Tillman’s attorney, Vito de la Cruz of Tamaki Law, said: “A child riding a bike should not have to worry that a police officer will stop her without legal cause and brutalize her.
“Our communities are weary of another African American child being hurt by unwarranted and excessive police force”.
It has also been revealed that Officer Williams was off-duty at the time of the incident and working as mall security.
A statement from Tillman’s lawyers also states: “Officer Williams informed that [Tillman and her brother] were causing a disturbance and were about to be “trespassed” from the Mall”.
Tillman was originally charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, but these charges have since been dismissed.
The lawsuit is looking to recoup damages from Tacoma Police Department, the Simon Property Group who own the mall, and from Universal Protection Services, who run the mall’s security.
Included in the lawsuit are 10 unnamed employees of both the police department and the security company in question.