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Rehoboth Beach, Del. Police Officer Cpl. Whitman Placed On Administrative Leave After Taser Arrest

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (WUSA9) -- Rehoboth Beach Police have released more information about the videotaped arrest of a man on April 7 that has raised questions about police brutality.

Police say in a press release that Crosswinds Motel employees called officers because 34-year-old Jeremy Anderson of Harrisburg, Pa. came into the lobby and used profanity after staff refused to give him a key to a room that was not registered under his name. Police say Anderson was asked to leave the lobby and he did, but returned two more times before staff called police. According to Crosswinds Motel staff, Anderson also spit in the lobby, say police.

In the press release, police say that an officer responded to the Crosswinds Motel and found Anderson sitting on a bench in front of the motel, according to police.

Police report that the officer tried to question Anderson, who reportedly smelled of alcohol, about the incident but Anderson got up and began to walk away. Police say the officer tried to Anderson to stop walking away but Anderson reportedly refused and cursed at the officer. The officer then attempted to restrain Anderson physically, say police, and Anderson responded with "a threatening gesture towards the officer causing him to believe Anderson was going to assault him."

Police say the officer struggled to place Anderson in handcuffs, and told Anderson to put his hand behind his back and stop resisting. According to police, Anderson refused and continued to struggle with the officer.

When another officer arrived, police say Anderson continued to resist both officers and they tried to detain him with "verbal commands, physical force, and pressure point applications." Police say when those tactics failed, officers used a taser on Anderson.

Police now say "The force used to restrain Anderson in order to place him in a patrol car is the subject matter of the investigation which will be conducted by the Dover Police Department Internal Affairs Division."

Police say Cpl. Whitman, they gave no first name in the press release,  was placed on Administrative Leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

As for Anderson, he was charged and committed to Sussex Correctional Institute. On April 11, he pleaded guilty to one count of Resisting Arrest with Force Causing Injury to an Officer, one count of Offensive Touching of a Law Enforcement Officer, and one count of Menacing, say police. 

 

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