A Florida police officer is on administrative leave after he fired a stun gun into a 62-year-old woman’s back, Tallahassee police said.
The arrest of Viola Young on Tuesday afternoon was caught on tape. After authorities obtained the video, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced an internal investigation Wednesday morning, The Associated Press reported.
“Based on the video, I have enough concerns to call for an internal investigation and have Officer [Terry] Mahan put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” DeLeo said during a news conference. “We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. We want to be transparent with the community by sharing what we can at this point.”
Young allegedly approached an officer while he was making an arrest of two women and a man on Tuesday. Officer Terry Mahan reportedly told her to stay back.
Mahan’s report says Young “responded by yelling, ‘I just want to know what is going on.'”
Mahan then attempted to take her into custody, according to police.
The video shows Young walking away when Mahan uses his stun gun, hitting her in the back. She fell face-first onto the pavement.
Police didn’t say who recorded the video, which was taken from a porch nearby. A man can be heard in the background saying “done tased a lady for nothing.”
Young was treated by paramedics and taken to Leon County Jail, police said.
In his police report, Mahan wrote that Young refused to leave and when he tried to arrest her she yanked away from him, the AP reported.