GLENDALE, Ariz. (KPNX) — A man is taking action against Glendale PD following a July 2017 incident where his attorney says he was tased 11 times by officers.
12 News obtained the body cam footage from that incident Friday.
It shows police pulling in front of a car in a Motel 6 parking lot. Police said in a release they were conducting intensive patrol because of increased crime in the area of 59th and Myrtle avenues.
Police in the body cam footage say it’s a traffic stop because the car didn’t use its turn signal when pulling into the Motel 6.
Officers Matt Schneider and Mark Lindsey walked up to a Ford Taurus which had two children and three adults inside, including Johnny Wheatcroft, 37, and his two sons.
“Upon contact, officers discovered that the driver did not have a driver’s license and began to address an observed seat belt violation,” Glendale PD said in a release.
Police said they observed Wheatcroft reaching below the seat into a backpack and said Wheatcroft would not identify himself or obey officers instructions to stop reaching under his seat. That’s when officers made the decision to pull Wheatcroft from the vehicle, police said.
According to police, Wheatcroft physically resisted officers as they tried to remove him. Police said Wheatcroft argued, yelled and physically resisted officers, so a taser was used.
Body camera footage of the incident shows Wheatcroft being tased as he was tangled in the seatbelt.
Police said during the struggle, another person in the vehicle, Anya Chapman, swung a bag filled with bottled drinks, hitting Officer Lindsey in the head and knocking him unconscious.
As body cam footage shows, officers continued to tase Wheatcroft when he was on the ground. An officer is seen at one point pulling down Wheatcroft’s shorts as Wheatcroft lies face down and tasing him in what appears to be the groin area.
Officers said a “usable quantity” of methamphetamine was found in the car. Wheatcroft and Chapman were charged with aggravated assault. Chapman pleaded guilty.