MCALESTER, OKLAHOMA – A McAlester police officer is now facing disciplinary action after using a Taser on a woman in custody.
Surveillance video from the June incident shows Nakina Williams was handcuffed at the Pittsburg County Jail Complex after being arrested on a public intoxication complaint.
She appeared to be mouthing off when she suddenly spit on one of the officers.
The video shows the officer pulling out a Taser and firing it at Williams. Officer Sterling Taylor was seen circling Williams while the probes were still on her for a little more than minute.
“Obviously spitting in the face is inexcusable,” said the American Civil Liberties Union Board Member William H. Hinkle.”The only justification for him tasering her is if she was somehow able to physically attack him in some way that looked capable of injuring him seriously. I don’t know how she could have done that with her hands cuffed behind her back.”
The department ultimately found Taylor violated the McAlester Police Department’s policy for handling Tasers. Taylor has been placed on a two week unpaid suspension, and will have to undergo more training, according to documents obtained by Tulsa’s Channel 8.
The Police Department declined an interview saying they could not comment because Taylor has the right to an appeal.
Major Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t comment specifically on the case, but the Taser instructor said Tulsa County’s training program instructs officers that Tasers can’t be used in retaliation.