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September 15, 2012

Woman scarred by MPD Taser



“I told them I was only three houses from my house and to please just let me go home,” she said.
Instead, she said she was arrested.
“They handcuffed me and I remember crying,” Williams said. “I was afraid they were going to take me to jail and I fell down. One of the officers told me to get up but I couldn’t because I was handcuffed.”
At 4 feet, 11 inches tall, Williams was no danger to Taylor when he fired his Taser at her, according to her attorney Beaver.
After viewing the video Friday, Williams said she was angry about the way she was treated by Taylor. She said knows she was wrong for spitting at him, and that he was wrong for what she said was bullying.
“He was being mean and bullying me,” she said.
 Interactions between Taylor and Williams continued after the Taser was deployed.
According to a Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department report, “After Taylor shot her (Williams) in the chest, as she was being tased Officer Taylor was shouting out, ‘Are you finished,’ repeatedly. She continued to scream and she (said) she was finished so he took the cartridge out of the gun and dropped it in on the floor ... two female officers came to calm her down ... at that time (McAlester Police Department) Officer Charlie Rodgers (who was with Taylor at the time of the arrest) went over and with one hand pulled out both of the probes.”
The county jail where the incident occurred is part of the county sheriff’s department.
During Friday’s interview, Williams said she has scars on her hands from the handcuffs and on her chest from the probes being pulled out by Rogers.
According to MPD’s Taser handling policy, “The suspect shall be taken to an emergency care facility for removal of the dart in cases where it has ... penetrated the female breast ...”

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