A WHITE cop has been arrested after bodycam footage emerged of him using a stun gun while kneeling on a black man.
The policeman in Virginia has been charged with assault after he was seen using “unacceptable” force on the man who appears to be disorientated and screams “I can’t breathe”.
Fairfax County Police Department issued the shocking footage on Saturday which showed Officer Tyler Timberlake making an arrest.
It is the latest incident in a number of allegations of police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while he was in police custody.
The latest footage shows a Fairfax cop talking to an unidentified man who appears to be disorientated in a residential street.
The man does not appear to react violently or make any threats to the cop.
Emergency vehicles are see parked nearby and the man is asked if he needs oxygen.
One EMT says: “I'm here to help you, just tell me what you need."
Then Timberlake arrives in a cruiser and approaches the man.
He then appears to use a stun gun, without giving a warning, causing the man to fall to the ground and scream out in pain.
'HORRIBLE USE OF FORCE'
Timberlake is then seen pressing his knee into the man's back, repeatedly telling the man to relax, and appears to strike the victim with the gun when he did not comply.
The sound of a stun gun is then heard and Timberlake is shown aiming the device at the man’s back.
A number of officers then wrestle the man onto the ground as he yells “No” and “I can't breathe”.
The footage ends with the man lying handcuffed on the ground with the authorities preparing to put him in an ambulance.
Timberlake, who has been a policeman for eight years, was arrested on three counts of assault and battery.
If convicted he faces up to 36 months in jail.
The other officers involved in the incident have been “relieved of duty” while criminal and administrative investigations are carried out.
Those officers have not faced any criminal charges.
“As an officer attempted to deescalate the situation that was underway, PFC Timberlake arrived shortly after and used force that is unacceptable,” the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement.
Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr, Fairfax County Police Chief, said the video showed Timberlake violating the department's policies with “horrible use of force”.
Roessler added that Timberlake committed “criminal acts” that both “violate our oath of office” and “ignore the sanctity of human life”.
“The video also erodes the public's trust of police officers, not only in Fairfax County, but throughout this world. These acts are unacceptable,” said Roessler.
During a press conference Roessler added he was unable to comment on the officer’s personnel history.
The victim was treated at a local hospital and his mother has been contacted by Roessler, who was assured her justice will be served,” according to a CNN report.
Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Steve T. Descano said he was made aware of the footage by Roessler ahead of charging Timberlake.
“We can all agree that the footage of this incident is unsettling,” said Descano.
“I want our community to know that we are pursuing charges that are in line with current law and supported by the evidence with which we have been presented.
“However, I also appreciate that this may not immediately reconcile our feelings about what we see.”
Unrest in the US, and around the world, has flared up following the death of Floyd, 46, who died two weeks ago.
Footage emerged of Floyd saying “I can’t breathe” while a white cop, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.
Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Chauvin, who is said to have knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.
Other violent videos of police encounters, such as footage of two Buffalo officers seen shoving a 75-year-old protester, have also come to light.
The officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, now face criminal charges.
Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police brutality have taken place in more than 140 cities in the US so far.
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