According to a lawsuit filed last month, Los Angeles police tasered 26-year-old Daniel Johnson in the genitals.
An officer knocked on Johnson’s front door on December 26. The lawsuit alleges that Johnson was then informed that his 58-year-old father would be issued a $1,000 littering fine for dropping a cigarette on the ground.
Johnson asked the officer if he could pick up the cigarette butt for his father rather than face the fine. Apparently, the father suffers from nerve damage which causes him to drop things by accident on a regular basis.
The exact details regarding what happened next are unclear, but at some point an argument broke out between Johnson and the officers outside on the front lawn. This resulted in two policemen tackling the 26-year-old to the ground, securing him in a “full Nelson” hold, and then tasering him in the genitals.
Johnson’s mother witnessed the incident and claims she was begging the cops to stop the entire time. According to the lawsuit, the family was able to smell “flesh burning from the tases.”
The family has made it clear that the police intentionally targeted Johnson’s genitals with the taser. Johnson said, “He was right above me as he tased me, so there’s no mistake that he was trying to tase me in my genitalia.”
Johnson was initially charged with battery, but it was dropped. We will keep you up-to-date on his lawsuit as news breaks.