Let’s face it: Most of us have jaywalked at some point in our lives. You can try to lie about it all you want, but the vast majority of able-bodied individuals have unlawfully darted across the street because they were simply in too much of a rush to wait for the light at the crosswalk. Although jaywalking should not be taken lightly — it has, after all, contributed to a number of accidents — the last thing you’d expect is to be tasered by police for your crimes against humanity.
Such is the case with Zikomo Peurifoy, a man who was stopped for jaywalking by Florida police. When he refused to present his identification, officers attempted to arrest Peurifoy, who was understandably irritated by the whole exchange. As tempers flared and the situation escalated, the two cops eventually tasered the jaywalker. Not once, not twice, but three separate times. If you’re curious to see the whole thing unfold, take a look at the video embedded below.
Peurifoy is facing charges of resisting with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
According to FindLaw, the penalties for jaywalking vary by area. However, “depending on the jurisdiction, jaywalking is either an infraction or a misdemeanor. Police enforce jaywalking laws by issuing citations. The penalty for violating jaywalking laws typically includes a fine similar to a parking ticket. In many jurisdictions, fines increase with repeat jaywalking offenses.”
I’d say the officers’ response was a little extreme.
That being said, the description on Taser’s Wikipedia page describes the devices as “weapons to be used by police to subdue fleeing, belligerent, or potentially dangerous people, who would have otherwise been subjected to what they consider more lethal weapons (such as a firearm)”.