A Shreveport man, pulled over for not having a light on his bike, led to him being tazed and locked up late Thursday.
19-year-old, Lakordo Jamerson says he didn't know he was doing anything wrong, and he believes the officers' actions constitute excessive force. The Shreveport Police Department says they were just following their procedure.
Jamerson was arrested and charged with operating the bicycle without a light and resisting an officer.
"We're going to get you, stop crying" Jamerson's mother said over the phone when he called from jail on Friday afternoon. KSLA News 12 was there when his family got the call. Jamerson could be heard on his mother's speaker phone pleading for her to get him out.
"That is a traffic violation for the bicycle to not have a working headlight or taillight on the bicycle," says Cpl. Marcus Hines with SPD. Police say they pulled Jamerson over for not having a light on his bike. Both parties say once police pulled him over, he got back on his bike again.
"Picked my bike up, put it on the sidewalk and started driving back off," Jamerson told KSLA News 12 after he was bailed out of jail. "And then he said stop and I stopped and I stayed at a complete stop and he shot me with a tazer." Hines says officers reported that Jamerson "made maneuvers as if he was attempting to run a second time, on foot this time."
Jamerson says he was scared and didn't think he was doing anything wrong. "Once I fell off the bike, I got to shaking and all I could think about was my momma because I was there by myself." He says he was taken to jail with a face covered in blood.
Shreveport police say they were specifically monitoring that neighborhood because of recent reports of crime there. "That's why those officers were in that area, because of the uptick in property crimes in that area," Hines says.
"I got a baby on the way and that's all I'm looking after, my little daughter," Jameson says. "I was in jail crying because I know I wasn't in the wrong and I got a daughter due next Tuesday and I just want to be there for my baby and do the right thing."
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