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Updated: 12:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 | Posted: 12:11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
MILLVALE, Pa. —
A 27-year-old man who was arrested last year and then tased by Millvale police was in court Tuesday and reached a plea deal.
A video surfaced last year after Thomas Smith was arrested that showed him handcuffed and banging his head off a wall.
The next thing the video showed was Smith being tased as many as 20 times by a police officer.
The officer in the video said she used the stun gun because Smith was violent and kicked an officer. However, Smith’s attorney, David Shrager, said his client is bipolar and suffers from depression.
“He has a host of difficulties and he’s doing the best that he can each and every day,” Shrager said.
Shrager also said Smith still doesn’t feel right as a result of the incident.
“The lights from the sirens and the police vehicles still bother me. I really get scared of them and try to stay away from them,” Smith said Tuesday.
Shrager said the officer involved chose not to testify, pleading the Fifth.
The judge gave Smith 180 days probation for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. The more serious charges were thrown out.
Shrager said Smith also has to get treatment at a mental health addiction facility and pay a $100 fine.
“I’ll be good,” Smith said.
Smith was ordered to appear back in court in 30 days to review his case. The judge said if he violates any of the provisions, he’ll be sent back to jail.
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