A police video was released depicting an Albany County Sheriff’s Sergeant firing a Taser at a Colonie teenager who was kneeling in front of police officers with his hands on his head at the end of a high-speed chase across two counties.
The video was taken from a dashboard camera in a police cruiser. Interestingly enough, the fact that the officer had a dash cam and used it numerous times before for routine traffic stops was not enough to prevent him from using the Taser a second time.
This behavior prompted Sheriff Craig Apple to suspend the Sergeant, Vincent P. Igoe Jr., and to launch an internal investigation into his use of force.
The video shows Mr. Igoe firing his Taser through the smashed back window of the vehicle as a 16-year-old boy, Kelijah Fink, huddled in a back seat of the car refusing to get out.
The first shot missed. Mr. Igoe immediately reloaded his Taser and fired a second time at the teenage suspect after he emerged from the vehicle and dropped to his knees.
The shot allegedly came after the teenager already submitted to the officers request and, from the video, appears to be retaliatory.
The stun gun’s second shot squarely struck the boy, who became briefly paralyzed by the electrical shock. During this time, he was apprehended and handcuffed.
Some feel that the officer needed to use his Taser in order to make sure the young man was not going to come after him with a weapon. After all, this entire encounter came off of the heels of a long and dangerous high speed chase.
However, critics are saying that regardless of whether the Albany officer was pulling over the young motorist for reckless driving, speeding, or even a full-blown felony, the second shot was completely unnecessary.