A Black DoorDash driver was tased by a white police officer at a routine traffic stop in Tennessee after the officer alleged that the driver was resisting for requesting a supervisor on the scene, The Hill reports.
Footage of the incident, which was recorded March 10 by Gordon, shows the driver, Delane Gordon, pleading with the officer to please let him speak with a supervisor while the officer, identified by The Associated Press as Collegedale Police Officer Evan Driskill, points his taser gun at Gordon while accusing him of “resisting.”
“He said he pulled me over for a traffic stop and … was going to tase me,” Gordon can be heard saying in the short clip, before Driskill yells “get out.”
“You can’t do that officer because I called for your supervisor,” Gordon continues, and the officer repeats his order for the driver to get out of the car.
Asked what his reasoning was, Driskill told the driver he had refused to give his information.
“I haven’t refused. I asked to speak to your supervisor,” Gordon replied at one point. “Sir, I feel uncomfortable, please get your supervisor.”
“I don’t give a s–t what you feel like, I said get out,” the officer then violently grabs Gordon in an effort to remove him from the car.
Following a back and forth between the two, Driskill directed his stun gun toward the car and tased Gordon, who yelled the incident was not lawful.
As reported by The Hill, “Gordon’s attorney, Ryan Wheeler, said in a statement following the release of the video that Gordon had been pulled over for speeding while he was 300 yards away from dropping off food to a customer.”
Wheeler said that Gordon did not believe he was speeding and “politely and repeatedly asked for a supervisor as he had been instructed to do whenever uncomfortable.”
“Mr. Gordon published this video as a way of opening a dialogue that would result in efforts to avoid this type of interaction from happening again. At no time was Mr. Gordon ever a threat, in words or actions, to this officer,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Collegedale Police Department said they had launched their own review of the incident and would “release the results of that internal affairs investigation once it has been completed,” according to The Hill.
Watch the video below:
During a traffic stop, a cop tases a black DoorDash driver.
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