Pennsylvania Mother Claims Teen Son Was Brutally Beaten By Police
Marissa Sargent, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten by police officers after being caught shoplifting, has taken to Facebook to seek justice for her son.
Sargent, who does not deny that her son was wrong, feels that the arresting officers went too far and beat her son so badly that he suffered a broken nose and two swollen eyes.
The incident happened last Tuesday when the boy allegedly shoplifted goods from a Walmart in Tullytown, PA, with two adult relatives. According to the Buck County District Attorney, David Heckler, officers yelled warnings at the boy before firing a Taser to subdue him. The Taser struck the boy in the face and since his hands were bound in cuffs he was unable to to brace himself when falling face-first.
Sargent is not buying it. She told NBC Philadelphia, “There’s no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a taser in the front of his face.”
In order to force an investigation to get down to the bottom of her son’s injuries, Marissa Sargent has been posting photos of her son on Facebook.
Heckler told Philly.com that his offices will begin interviewing witnesses and reviewing footage from the officers’ dashboard cameras before proceeding with a full investigation.