Police and paramedics outside of Pittsburgh, PA were caught on video laughing as they continually shocked a handcuffed mentally ill man with a stun gun. The police officers involved are now targets of an FBI investigation and a federal lawsuit.
Thomas Jason James Smith was arrested in September 2012 for public drunkenness. A cell phone video of the incident has surfaced that seems to show Smith talking incoherently to the officers while beating his head off a desk, wearing handcuffs and shirtless. Officer Nicole Murphy then proceeds to use a stun gun on the victim while paramedics or other officers crack up in the background. According to the police report, Murphy claims she had to subdue Smith with the stun gun when he became “violent.”
According to the lawsuit, officer Murphy had been terminated in the past due to “similar” conduct that is shown in the video, but she was subsequently rehired after being retrained on how to properly use a stun gun.