By The Blaze. Dashcam video just released by a Mississippi police department shows what a now-fired officer — accused of using excessive force — did to a shoplifting suspect. . .
Meridian police on July 16 pursued a vehicle in connection with a shoplifting report from a Walmart and stopped the vehicle about 50 yards from the store, the Meridian Star reported.
In the video, an officer exited his patrol car and drew his weapon as he approached the driver’s side door. Chief Benny Dubose told WTOK-TV it was within the officer’s rights to draw his gun before placing it back in his holster. . .
Things were proceeding according to protocol until Officer Daniel Starks pulled up in another patrol car and walked toward the suspect, who was still being handcuffed and not resisting, WTOK reported.
Starks then walked away from the suspect before turning around, walking back toward the suspect and striking the suspect in the neck with his forearm, WTOK reported. (Read more from “Dashcam Video Shows What Fired Cop — Accused of Using Excessive Force — Did to Shoplifting Suspect” HERE)
Video: Meridian Police Video Shows Excessive Force That Led to Officer’s Firing
By The Meridian Star. The Meridian Police Department on Wednesday released the dash cam video of a police officer using excessive force against a shoplifting suspect.
The video shows officer Daniel Starks pushing the suspect and tasing him while the suspect was in handcuffs. Starks has been terminated for the incident.
“[Starks] just said he knew he did wrong,” Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said Wednesday.
Dubose said Starks had been with the department for about a year and had a clean record “that we know of.”
Dubose said the July 16 incident began as a shoplifting report at the Walmart on Highway 19. Upon arrival, Starks attempted to arrest the suspect, who got away and fled in his van. Other officers were able to stop the van about 40 to 50 yards away. Starks pulled up moments later. (Read more from “Video: Meridian Police Video Shows Excessive Force That Led to Officer’s Firing” HERE)