GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Many are wondering how a Glendale traffic stop abruptly got out of control, ending with a man being tased nearly a dozen times.

John Wheatcroft was a passenger during a traffic stop that took place over a year and a half ago.

[RELATED: Man tased nearly a dozen times accuses Glendale officers of 'pure torture' during traffic stop]

Police began questioning him when things took a turn.

"Looking at the limited amount of video we have, it went south almost immediately," said Andy Anderson. 

Anderson is a retired assistant chief with the Phoenix Police Department. He now reviews cases like Wheatcroft's to determine if officers involved acted reasonably.

Glendale police say the driver of the parked vehicle had no license and the vehicle was occupied by five people, three adults, including Wheatcroft, and two children.

[RAW VIDEO: Body cam video of incident involving Glendale PD]

Wheatcroft refused to show ID to the officers, which is not required by law but one of the officers threatens to arrest him.

That's when Glendale police say Wheatcroft resisted and they tased him nearly a dozen times, including the buttocks and groin.

"There's a lot of talk nowadays about deescalation and there's a lot of training going on across the nation to deescalate and I think this is a good example of why that training is taking place," said Anderson.

The county attorney dropped assault charges against Wheatcroft and the officer involved was suspended for 30 hours.

[RAW VIDEO: Surveillance video of incident involving Glendale PD]

Wheatcroft and the car driver have filed a federal lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department, claiming police brutality.

"I think in any department, his use of Taser would have been out of line," said Anderson.

 


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JustinP

"Wheatcroft refused to show ID to the officers, which is not required by law but one of the officers threatens to arrest him.
That's when Glendale police say Wheatcroft resisted and they tased him nearly a dozen times, including the buttocks and groin."
What did he resist is the point. This is where that cop clearly crossed the line. He doesn't even know the law he was appointed (and is still, unfortunately, paid) for. It is true that ARS (used to at least) require you to STATE your name, but you don't have to prove anything if you aren't driving. Now, the lady who was driving should have been ticketed and then the car impounded until someone with a valid license could show that to the cops to prove they were legal to drive. But how a basic traffic stop became so horrendous because some wannabe bigshot cop doesn't know procedure or the law is the story. The guy shouldn't have that job anymore. Here's why. He has proven he over-reacts. If he over-reacts in a future situation, then he could kill someone (or cause his partner or a civilian death). But.... if he is cognizant of this, then perhaps he will under-react. Again, a civilian or cop could get hurt or die because of this. The cop should seriously rethink his career aspirations and be in anger management classes regardless. As for the silly guy that got tazed, it wouldn't have happened to me because I would have complied (and given up my rights). You chose not to. You do deserve some (not much) $ but I want you to get it from the person that brought this upon you, not a city (unless the city is complicit by their training about not teaching cops on id laws, etc.).

ArizonaG30

Mr. Anderson, thank yyou for your service but you above should know to keep your big mouth shut until the investigation is over.

treescot

Or he can reply as a private citizen and you can be respectful and courteous due to his service.. Which seems just to hard in this political atmosphere.

bobnarizona

Since this happened over a year ago I think the investigation is way over with. Now if we could see the whole tape and not just little pieces the department wants to show that would help.

Taj1367

There is a link above with the cops body cam footage.

PhxHeat

Way past out of line!

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