Woman sues police after using Taser on her crotch

Taser illustration 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A woman who was resisting arrest, was finally handcuffed after police used a Taser on her, according to police reports.

The woman however, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the police officer used the Taser on her crotch, shortly after learning that she was a transsexual.

Brooke Fantelli filed the lawsuit in federal court last week, accusing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of excessive force, according to a report.

The incident took place in the Imperial County desert near El Centro, in October 2011. Ranger J. Peter asked for identification, while she was participating in a photo shoot. Fantelli’s ID still identified her as male.

"He was very nice, until he saw the ID," Fantelli said. "He went from calling me Miss and Mrs. to calling me Sir and dude and eventually calling me he.”

Fantelli was told she was arrested for being drunk in public.

In the video, Fantelli can be seen with her hands in the air. At one point, she tells her friends to take pictures. Soon after, he shot her with a Taser and she fell down.

Peter and an Imperial County sheriff tried to handcuff Fantelli before the officer warns her that he will use his Taser again. Moments later, Fantelli was shocked again, this time in the groin.

The department has issued a statement saying that the officer acted appropriately.

"When using Tasers, police target mass center bottom, legs or back, if possible," the statement said.
"It seems that the officer acted appropriately in this case."

Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, said that he found the video disturbing.

"She was declaring her opposition to the action, but did not in any way resist arrest," Keenan said. "The officer could have done other things before having to use a Taser for sure."

The prosecutor never filed charges against Fantelli for her arrest.



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