cocoa, florida – “You just tasted an autistic kid, brother!”
An emotional video has been making its way onto social media after neighbors documented what happened in their neighborhood in Cocoa, Florida.
On December 22, Brevard County lawmakers responded to 4022 Lake Circle after a 911 caller reported seeing a man with a knife. When agents arrived, they said they found Jarquez Johnson walking around the property, moving his right hand up and down several times.
A report on the incident stated, “One lieutenant repeatedly told Johnson to drop the knife when he spoke to him at gunpoint. Johnson did not drop the knife or respond to verbal orders. I didn’t.”
After some orders they tased him, after which he fell to the ground and was handcuffed. can hear “He’s autistic!”
The knife was never recovered.
Speaking to FOX 35 News, Crawford said Johnson was actually on her way to her house.
“I was standing there when they were looking for it [knife] and I’m shaking my head. This is not correct,” Crawford said.
Not only did the whole exchange upset some people, but it also raised the question of why the use of force was necessary if no knives were found.
Professor David Thomas of Florida Gulf Coast University said, “If you’re saying such words without purpose and to justify the use of force, then I have a problem with what happened.” Having worked in law enforcement, he said there are two sides to this.
Even with people yelling in the background, Thomas said, “You can’t really hear what people are saying because whatever it is, you’re focused on dealing with this subject.” , “What bothers me is that I used a taser, but I can’t find a knife,” he said.
Giarquez Johnson’s mother, Tiffany, said Giarquez was known in the community.
“He’s afraid of police officers now. When he sees a police car, he goes to his room and stays there until they’re gone,” she said.
Tiffany has filed a formal complaint with the sheriff’s office, but has not heard back about her status.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey was not in the office to comment on the incident.