Fredrick Gibbons says he was pulled over for driving with a paper tag. He was arrested and charged with felony obstruction of an officer. But, during a trial this summer, Gibbons was found not guilty and all charges were dropped.
Gibbons is a well known businessman who was able to afford, and to secure a good attorney and private investigator to help in his case. But, he wants his legal mess to serve as a message to others.
"Open the door,NOW! Sir, open the door, NOW! You're now being arrested for obstruction. Sir, if you get out.. He shocking me, he shocking me!" That was March 1, 2012, nearly a year and a half later, what happened early that morning still lingers in Gibbons' mind. He says, "I felt like, at that time, I was just afraid that anything could happen to me at that time."
Gibbons owns a local nightclub and auto sales lot. He says business experience couldn't prepare him for what happened after Georgia Regents University Department of Public Safety Officer Wesley Martin pulled him over.
Gibbons says he called Richmond County Sheriff's Office dispatchers for help while the officer pointed a taser through the window and onto Gibbons' body. "I may need some assistance. I need more than one person to be on sight so it's not just me and him. My word against his word," Gibbons says.
However, GRU Public Safety Division video provided a third set of eyes and ears, capturing officers who are hired to keep the peace making a violent arrest. Officers are heard screaming, "get out the car! Get on the ground! Get on the ground!"
Later, the tape also reveals what happens after Gibbons begs for medical help. "What am I taking you to the hospital for? He says his chest is hurting. I don't give a F****."
Gibbons' office manager, Beverly Moore, says the video was posted to speak up about a potential problem with taser use that may be silenced due to fear. Moore explains, "they can kill you. They are a deadly weapon. They should be treated just as a gun would be treated. You wouldn't run up to a vehicle with your gun drawn and shoot into the vehicle. A police officer wouldn't do that. The taser is the same way."
A court may have cleared Gibbons of any charges, but, he says what happened in March of 2012 will never leave his mind. "If we don't speak up or say anything it's going to keep happening," Gibbons shares.
Also on the video, the officer admits to tasing Gibbons' through the car window and suddenly Gibbons jerks and the window starts going up. That's when the taser cord hits the officer and ends up shocking him.
Gibbons has now filed a civil suit against GRU's Public Safety Division. According to a GRU spokesperson, the University does not discuss pending litigation.
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