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Excessive Force? Denver Police Officer Tases Unarmed Homeless Man!

Excessive Force? Denver Police Officer Tases Unarmed Homeless Man!

Body cam video shows Denver Police using excessive force on an unarmed homeless man, but former SWAT calls it ‘textbook use of force’. "He took an innocent step forward and got tased," said John Holland, the man’s attorney. The incident happened back in June after police were called to the scene on reports of a fight between homeless men. In the video, the officer fires his Taser less than ten seconds after his first command. Holland said he believes it was clearly excessive force, and the officer did not give his client, Gregory Heard, enough time to comply. "[It was] An unharmed person who wasn’t threatening him," said Holland. Heard is currently in jail on second-degree assault charges for the fight that prompted the police response. "Most people who run into police are being suspected of something, the question is what did they do while being suspected by police — this case is about police abuse of power.

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