The State is reporting that a video that has surfaced of Charles James Lang Jr. being tased by an unidentified deputy while he was handcuffed. Lang was reportedly arrested for disorderly conduct and also charged with resisting arrest for not complying with officers demands. There has not been an official incident report filed due to the incident still being in an “investigatory” phase, so there are not details about what led up to Lang being detained and tased.
In the video, Lang can be seen leaning against a patrol car with an officer ordering him to put his face on the hood of the car. The officer warns Lang that if he does not comply, he will be tased. After the officer tases Lang and he falls to the ground, the officer can be heard telling Lang that he simply asked for his name. The officer then tells Lang not to move, and as Lang rolls over to face the officer and ask why he is being detained and tased, he is tased again despite being handcuffed on the ground and not appearing to act in any kind of physically aggressive manner. Lang can be heard screaming out in pain in the video.
Sherriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson reports that the officer followed proper procedure. An investigation is being conducted through internal affairs, and the department’s findings will be turned over to a citizen’s advisory board for review. It is department policy for any incident where an officer uses a weapon to be reviewed by internal affairs. There is not word on when the investigation will be complete.
Lang has retained attorney James Shadd. Shadd has not made any official statement regarding his client’s charges or interaction with officers. Lang does not have any history of resisting arrest or violence toward an officer.