Two US police officers have repeatedly tasered a rural woman who called police to complain of a prowler outside her house.
Janice Wells, 57, called the Richland Police Department when she feared a burglar was outside her clapboard house in a rural west Georgia town.
Minutes later when an officer came to her backdoor, she was screaming in pain and begging another officer not to be shocked again with a taser. The second officer joined the first one to complete the old woman’s trauma.
With each scream and cry, the officers threatened her with more shocks.
Much of what happened in front of Wells’ house was recorded by the camera on the dash of one of the officer’s patrol car. The minute-long dashboard video shows the officer pulling up to assist another officer.
The third-grade teacher can be heard on tape screaming “don’t do that” as a stun gun is heard repeatedly zapping.
Wells told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview, “All of it is just unreal to me. I was scared to death. He kept tasing me. My fingernails are still burned.”
Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy of Richland Police Department was fired for using pepper spray and a stun gun on the woman.