• Witness records video of police using Taser in Pittsburgh arrest


    PITTSBURGH - Police officers tased a man Wednesday night in Pittsburgh’s North Side after he began fighting with EMS personnel.

    The medics were responding to a call at the Sunoco on Cedar Avenue for an unconscious male in front of the store, a public safety spokesman said. When they revived the man, he “became aggressive” and allegedly assaulted them, the spokesman said.

    Police arrived at the scene after 9 p.m., and the man allegedly resisted arrest. He fled the officers and, during a struggle, knocked a Taser out of the hands of one officer, the spokesman said.

    That’s when Ben Friday happened to be walking by and began recording the incident on his cellphone from about 50 feet away.


    “He got out of the restraint and ran down towards that tunnel and that's when they drew the weapon,” Friday said.

    Another officer used a Taser to subdue the man, who faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related crimes.

    “Everyone was just quiet, like, ‘Wow, that really happened?” Friday said.

    “You could definitely hear a sound. I, unfortunately, don't know much about the Tasers, the guns, but he was carted off in a stretcher.”


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