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December 16, 2011
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Video: Pa. cop TASERs 14-year-old girl

Police responded to disorderly students outside a school and deployed a less-lethal device when one became unruly

By PoliceOne Staff

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The mother of a 14-year-old girl seen on video getting hit with a TASER is filing a lawsuit that claims the officer used excessive force.

Her attorney said that Officer Jason Ammary of Allentown Police fired the TASER at her daughter Keshana Wilson's groin, according to the Morning Call. Police were at Dieruff High School responding to a call about disorderly students during dismissal.

In the video, Ammary appears to pin Wilson against the car using his forearm and moments later, fires the TASER. According to the lawsuit, about one minute and 40 seconds is missing from the video, and it is unclear what happened during the break in footage.

According to a police report, officers tried to move students who were blocking traffic and when an officer approached Wilson and two friends, Wilson began to curse at him, twisting away when he attempted to arrest her, then striking him multiple times.

Ammary acted according to the use-of-force continuum and was justified in deploying the TASER, police said in September, at the time of the incident.

Wilson was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, simple assault, riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and walking on the highway. Sources said the assault and riot charges were dismissed in juvenile court.

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