CASSELBERRY, FLORIDA — A video shows Casselberry officers using Tasers on a man after they say he ignored crosswalk signals, and refused to identify himself.
The man and his friend said police crossed the line.
Police told WFTV’s Tim Barber that their officers followed policy so well that they’re going to use the video for training.
“Give me your ID, or you are going to go to jail,” a Casselberry police officer is heard saying to Zikomo Peurifoy on a video recorded by Peurifoy’s friend, Noelle Price.
On the video, Casselberry officers are seen using Tasers on Peurifoy three times before handcuffing him.
Price is heard repeatedly yelling for the officers to get their supervisor.
But the deputy chief of the Casselberry Police Department said his officers didn’t have to get their supervisor, because they were not doing anything wrong.
He said he is even using the video to train other officers on how to handle out-of-control suspects.
“They handled themselves, they were very polite; it’s a shame that the defendants here didn’t cooperate,” said Capt. David Del Rosso of the Casselberry Police Department.
Peurifoy and Price were first stopped by the police after they crossed State Road 436 at a crosswalk while the pedestrian light was red, police said.
The officers stopped the pair outside a nearby Amscot store and asked for their IDs, but police say Peurifoy refused, which is against the law.
Police said the officers warned Peurifoy several times that they would use a Taser on him, and then they did.
According to police, after Peurifoy was arrested, the officers found a gun on him, but he did have a permit.
“He tensed up, jerked away and then he took a fighting stance when they approached him again, so that Taser had to be used,” said Del Rosso.
Peurifoy was not home when WFTV’s Tim Barber went by to hear his side of the story.
Peurifoy is charged with resisting with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer because both officers received minor injuries during the arrest, according to police.
Price also had a gun which was not registered, so she is facing several other charges, according to police.