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Video of Man Tased by Police Sparks Internal Investigation

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FREDERICKSBURG (WRIC) - A video of a man being tased by police in Fredericksburg, has sparked an internal investigation.

A YouTube video taken Saturday evening shows officers using a stun gun on a suspect, for about 40 seconds straight.

It begins with the suspect, 36-year-old Lantz Day, lying on the ground. He was a passenger in a car that had just hit five other cars.

He hops up and tries to run, and then police fire a stun gun. The sound of electricity is mixed in with the suspect's screams for the officer to stop. It goes on more than half a minute.

"I remember a high level of voltage," Day says. "And I remember screaming out at one point. And after that... I just remember being in a jail...of being in a tank in a jail...freezing."

Other than that, Day says he can't even recall being in the car or who he was with Saturday. He left the hospital saying all he can feel or remember from Saturday is pain.

"Sore. Abused. Violated. My back, my head, my face... It's just been a warp man."

According to police, Day is charged with obstruction of justice,  a misdemeanor and placed in jail with $3,500 bond.

The person driving day's Buick allegedly hit five other cars on Hanover Avenue and then left the car with day in the passenger seat.

When police arrived, they say Day tried to run when they began to question him.

That's when they pulled the stun gun.

A witness took a video and posted it on YouTube. Day had one reaction when he saw it:

"Flabbergasted. Bewildered. Gone."

And he wants to know if police were authorized to use the stun gun.

The department's use of force guidelines don't go into how long a stun gun can be deployed, but the rules do say "A subject fleeing from an officer, by itself, is not justification for the Taser to be deployed and is prohibited."

That's what Day has issue with.

"It's a safety issue now. I feel unsafe. I feel violated, discomforted."

Fredericksburg police have started an internal investigation.

In the meantime, the actual drive that night remains a mystery.

As for Day, he's been told to do nothing as he recovers and he still isn't sure what course of action he'll take.

 

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