Houston Cop a Little Too Taser Happy?By: Heather Campobello - April 2, 2012
Marty Anthony badge #5328419 of the Houston, TX Police Department was visibly stressed and angered after two black men were recording the outside of a Wal-Mart that he was guarding. According to the footage the men were not trying to record the cop but were trying to show how many carts were left outside of their carousels in the parking lot.
Once Anthony realized that he was caught on camera he asked the two men for their ID. The man operating the recorder on his phone said “I don’t have to show anyone ID sir.”
At this point it appears that Anthony grabs at the phone and says “Yeah, you gotta show ID.”
The man operating the phone felt threatened and said, “You’re grabbing me? Are you serious? Calm down! Are you serious, you are about to tase me?
Then his friend touched the cop lightly with his fingertips and was pushed away with moderate force. The companion said “Don’t tase me sir” repeatedly.
The man with the camera is clearly frightened and says “We’re leaving” but it is already too late.The cop said, “You are not going anywhere,” grabbed the phone, and this is when the video goes black but the audio continues to run. Anthony continues dialogue with the two men and says that he was already hurt that day and is basically fed up. He decided to call a back-up unit.
Was Anthony just taking his problems out on these two men? Was he suffering from some sort of PTSD after being hurt earlier in the day that might have compromised his ability to be an effective officer of the law? Did the two men provoke a thinly spread and overworked cop?
According to the YouTube post from the person who put up this video the men were hand-cuffed but released. It appears that it was posted by one of the men in the video because the post changed from third person to first. The individual went on to claim that they lied to the police about erasing the footage, that they were bribed and threatened by the police that they needed to erase the footage or go to jail, and added that Anthony works part-time as a security officer at Walmart after his shift with Houston PD ends.
Here is where people stand on Twitter: