Mom of youngster tased by Ocean Metropolis police says she felt ‘helpless’ watching video of her son’s arrest

2021-06-16 19:19:16

“I at all times advised my kids you do what the police say — put your fingers up and that is an indication of give up,” Barber advised CNN.

Griffin, alongside together with his youthful brother and a gaggle of buddies, had traveled to Ocean Metropolis to have fun his commencement from highschool, in line with Barber.

She stated she realized what occurred when her different son referred to as her, frantic, round 6:30 p.m. on June 6. Then she was despatched video by one in all her son’s buddies which confirmed Griffin being tased by Ocean Metropolis police.

Cori Ewig, one in all Griffin’s buddies, confirmed to CNN she took the video.

“I felt helpless,” Barber advised CNN, noting that she was over two and half hours away. “I advised my youthful one simply keep again from it, I do not want each of you on this scenario.”

Barber stated her sons and their buddies advised her the incident started when Griffin used a tobacco vape, and was confronted by an Ocean Metropolis police officer on a bicycle. The officer advised him he could not use the vape on the boardwalk, Barber stated she was advised, including that the officer advised him to place it again in his pocket.

Ewig gave an identical account to CNN in an earlier interview.

Over the course of about 10 seconds, her sons and their buddies advised Barber, the officer started to seize Griffin’s arm. Then different officers arrived and tasers have been drawn.

Ewig stated police grabbed Griffin’s shirt at which level he pulled away, backed up and put his fingers up.

“On no account, form, or kind, was he any sort of menace to them,” Ewig stated, “there was one in all him and 6 of them.”

In a Fb put up, the Ocean Metropolis Police Division stated that an unnamed 18-year-old — Barber confirmed it’s her son Taizier Griffin — was stopped “as a result of he was violating town smoking ordinance,” and that officers tased him after “he turned disorderly and commenced yelling at officers and threatening to kill them.”

“Everybody was confused why (the officer) was grabbing him,” Barber stated, recounting what eyewitnesses advised her.

“He was by no means requested for his ID.”

The eyewitness video solely exhibits a portion of what occurred previous to the taser being deployed.

The video does present Griffin together with his fingers up, however as officers are screaming at Griffin to “get down,” he strikes his left arm again towards the shoulder strap of his e-book bag. At that time, an officer fires the taser and Griffin falls to the bottom.

Ewig advised CNN that earlier than she started recording the incident, police yelled at Griffin to take his e-book bag off and get on the bottom. She stated Griffin was making an attempt to take off his e-book bag when police tased him.

Barber claims that her son started resisting and yelling solely after he was tased. Within the assertion on Fb, Ocean Metropolis Police say, ‘he continued to make threats,” and as soon as officers deployed their tasers, “(Griffin) continued to make threats on officers, spit on them and resist arrest.”

Afterward, Ocean Metropolis officers are seen on video carrying Griffin, who seems to be sure by his ankles and wrists — in addition they eliminated his socks and sneakers.

Within the Fb put up, Ocean Metropolis police stated officers discovered a fixed-blade knife in Griffin’s e-book bag and that he was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Barber stated it took about 24 hours for Griffin to be launched from jail. He made an preliminary look earlier than a decide and was launched on a $3,000 bond.

The day after the arrest, Barber stated she tried to speak with an Ocean Metropolis police supervisor to “attempt to perceive that is the best way you guys deal with a easy vape scenario.” However she stated she was prevented from coming into the police barracks to talk with somebody.

She stated she’s saved the movies and knowledge non-public since June 6, however was moved to publicize it after an identical incident this previous weekend involving the Ocean Metropolis Police Division.

Police say makes use of of pressure topic to ‘detailed evaluation’

Police spokesperson Ashley Miller advised CNN the division would look into Barber being denied the chance to talk to a supervisor on June 7. Miller additionally stated that the police division doesn’t have physique cameras or microphones at the moment.

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The city of Ocean Metropolis advised CNN in an announcement that officers are permitted — and educated — to make use of pressure, “to beat exhibited resistance.”

“All makes use of of pressure undergo an in depth evaluation course of,” the assertion stated.

“The makes use of of pressure from these arrests will undergo a multi-level examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander after which by the Workplace of Skilled Requirements.”

Griffin’s subsequent court docket look, in line with Barber, is on July 28 in Ocean Metropolis District Court docket.

His mom stated she’s pleased with him for placing his fingers up as a result of it is what she’s taught all her kids to do when confronted by police.

“My kids being of shade, I’ve at all times had these conversations with them,” she stated, noting that even her youngest, who’s 9 years previous, has had “the speak.”

“However it did not matter,” she stated.

CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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