Major Lemon, a 48-year old Black man was in Madison's West Towne Mall with his wife on Christmas eve. The two of them were doing last-minute shopping for some family members who didn't have any Christmas presents under the tree yet.
Evidently, an anonymous tip was called into the police station about a Blackman with a gun in the mall. The Madison police came in full force to the mall looking for a suspect reported to have been carrying a handgun. They arrived ... found a convenient Blackman ... and promptly applied the taser in front of his wife and later arrested the brother for "resisting arrest". Of course, the brother didn't have a handgun ... but, so far the police don't see anything wrong with their taser-happy actions.
Tara Emery-Walls, the general manager at the nearby Arby's, felt that officers overreacted. "I didn't think it was right," she said. "A bunch of people were in here shopping. There were kids in here." Marissa Lemon (Major's wife) shares her perspective in this videotaped interview. We understand that Major Lemon plans to sue the police for their unlawful actions.
Taser happy cops at it on Christmas Eve. Is it just me? Or does it appear that police with tasers are out of control in this country?