Cop Tases Man And Yells ‘Stop Resisting’ Even Though He’s Clearly Not Resisting (VIDEO)

Ryan Hutchinson was tased by police on a train in Illinois for allegedly using “foul language.” Video of the incident is going viral because it shows an officer tasing him while yelling out “stop resisting.” Hutchinson can be seen having his hands behind his back while repeatedly saying “I am not resisting.”

The use of excessive force in this type of situation is unbecoming of an officer. It needs to stop.

The problem is, this has been typical cop behavior. This tactic works whenever there is only audio present, or onlookers who don’t have a clear enough view of what is happening. But, when a video of the incident is being recorded? Not so much.

The incident begins with Hutchinson merely asking why he is being arrested. The officers refuse to respond to his questions and instead continue to use force against him. Everyone has the right to know why they are being arrested, and these officers did not use all the tactics available to them to de-escalate the situation.

Hutchinson, only 20 years old, also was acting his age by saying “I dare you to tase me” even though he wasn’t doing anything actually to warrant it. He followed this statement with, “Hey, we’re done boss. I’m not even resisting.”

Too late. You just pissed off this cop’s fragile ego. This cop wasn’t feeling respected,  and he went above and beyond his authority to prove his power to the young man. It’s disgraceful to anybody in a uniform.

Power corrupts. Cops know that they have the ability to use force when necessary. Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles police force, perhaps said it best:

“I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. Don’t argue with me. Don’t call me names. Don’t tell me that I can’t stop you. Don’t say I’m a racist pig. Don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge.”

That’s the problem. Being a cop does not equate to being an emperor. Being a cop is a tough job, but people don’t have to show you respect. Not in The United States of America. Respect is earned, not demanded. If some 20-year-old punk is being a smart aleck, that does not give you the ability to blatantly take out your taser and use it on him, even if he asked you to. If he double-dared you to shoot him, would you do that, too? Cops are supposed to be entrusted with their judgment, and in this case at least, this cops judgment was impaired by his personal feelings toward the man, not by his resisting of the arrest.

Even after tasing him, and putting his head in between his legs, the officer threatens to tase him again. His power trip likely wasn’t over at this point. Hutchinson had to beg him not to.

“We’re good boss. We’re good. No one is giving you problems.”

The police ended up charging Hutchinson with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His attorney has other plans though, and may file a federal and civil rights lawsuit.

Watch a cop yell “stop resisting” against a man who is not resisting: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=85&v=9qsE4zgdwDo

Featured image via screen capture from YouTube.