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July 13, 2011
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Video: Police defuse Walmart incident with TASER

Couple accused officer of 'treason' for shopping on duty, refused to obey orders and punched officer in throat

By PoliceOne Staff

FOLEY, Ala. — Bystanders recorded an altercation between an Arizona couple and two police officers at a Walmart last week that resulted in a TASER deployment and charges against both individuals for assault on a police officer.

According to WKRG.com, the odd incident began when the couple — identified as Anthony and Chrisanna Smith — accused Officer Caleb Bibby of "treason" because he was shopping while on duty. The situation escalated, with the couple becoming increasingly agitated and repeatedly failing to obey the officer's orders. At one point, Anthony Smith slapped the officer and threw a punch that connected with Officer Bibby's throat.

Eventually, the officer's backup arrived, at which point he deployed his TASER X26 on Anthony Smith, while another officer tackled his wife.

The couple was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

 



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