A state trooper tased a Florida teenager in his girlfriend’s backyard, an event his mother alleges was motivated by racial profiling.
According to WINK, Jack Rodeman, 16, was heading to his Fort Meyers house in an lvisha neighborhood on June 16 when he was pursued by Trooper George Smyrnios, who classified him as a suspicious person in an arrest affidavit.
According to the local station, the trooper followed the teenager into the backyard and tased him as he was messaging his girlfriend to come outdoors. A surveillance camera caught the encounter.
According to the complaint, Smyrnios conducted the arrest even after the suspect’s girlfriend stepped outside and detailed the regular situation.
The trooper can be heard telling the boy to put his hands behind his head in the video.
According to the video, the teen then dropped to the ground and banged his head against a brick fountain with more than enough force to displace a brick.
Rodeman’s mother has allegedly engaged a lawyer to contest the arrest and use of force, which she claims was motivated by her son’s race. Rodeman had dark complexion and was dressed entirely in black, according to the security footage.