Police Use Taser On Unarmed Woman Walking In Hospital Gown In Pittsburgh

A police officer in Pittsburgh shot a woman in the back with a Taser while she was walking down a sidewalk dressed in a hospital gown on Dec. 4.

Several eyewitnesses told WTAE that the police officer used “excessive force” in firing the Taser at the woman who has not committed any crime.

Some bystanders said the woman had been running the wrong way down a street before the video began.

A cellphone video showed the woman being handcuffed face down on the sidewalk.

University of Pittsburgh spokesman Joe Miksch released a statement:

Our officers did deploy a Taser to assist in the apprehension of a person who fled from UPMC Presbyterian. Shortly before that incident, Pitt police assisted city officers with the same individual who had jumped into a pond in Schenley Park in what appeared to be a suicide attempt, after which the individual had been transported to UPMC Presbyterian.

 

(Sources: WTAE, Beau Berman WTAE/Facebook)

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