McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

September 15, 2012

Woman scarred by MPD Taser

McALESTER — A woman tasered by a McAlester police officer with her hands cuffed behind her alleges she is still suffering from the damage caused by the Taser blades.

“My chest still hurts when I breathe,” Nakina Williams said Friday during an interview with the McAlester News-Capital in the office of her attorney, Jeremy Beaver.
Williams, 28, is the mother of three children and is employed at a local fast-food restaurant. She said she has bright plans for the future with the help of her tribe, the Choctaw Nation.
 “They are going to pay for me to go to school and help me get a better home for me and children,” she said.
In a June 24 police video which can be viewed at www.mcalesternews.com, Williams, with her hands cuffed and lifted behind her on a counter, appears to spit at McAlester Police Department officer Sterling Taylor during booking at the Pittsburg County Criminal Justice Center.
 The video shows Taylor then firing a Taser at Williams, striking her in her left breast at point-blank range.
Beaver, Williams’ attorney, said an announcement of a possible lawsuit will be made depending on the outcome of the different agencies investigating the case, including Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the District  18 District Attorney’s office. On Thursday, Richard Hull first assistant District 18 District Attorney said his office is requesting a recusal from the case by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office because of the appearance of impropriety. “The DA’s office is currently handling a number of cases involving the McAlester Police Department and Sterling Taylor,” Hull said.
There has been no comment from the OSBI on the case.
On Friday, Williams recounted the events that occured the night of  June 24.
 Williams said she was walking home the night of her arrest and that she had been drinking alcohol. She said was several feet from her house when police came to arrest her.

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