Douglasville Pastor Kenneth Freeman upset after officer uses Taser on him

Kenneth Freeman

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A local pastor told GA Daily News he didn't deserve to be shocked by an officer when he came to his sons' aid.

The pastor and his sons were all arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during a traffic stop on Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville last month.

The Rev. Kenneth Freeman said that's when an officer shocked him twice for no reason. "I was totally embarrassed," he told Channel 2’s GA Daily News. "I'm starting having pain back there and on my arm as well. That situation there... it shouldn't have never happened."

It all began when police said Freeman arrived at a traffic stop where an officer gave his son, Jermiel Freeman, a citation for an improper tag.

Police Chief Chris Womack said one of Kenneth Freeman's sons was getting belligerent and another was threatening the officer.

"He's giving order for everybody to get back in their cars and nobody's listening," Womack said.

The chief said Kenneth Freeman arrived and also refused the officer's commands.

"And then he orders Mr. Freeman to get on the ground. At this point, which he does not do, he does not comply, and he Tases him," Womack said.

Kenneth Freeman said his sons weren't aggressive and neither was he. The pastor said the officer was out of control, aggressively handling his son.

"You get back like this right here. You get back like this. But why you gonna do him like that?" Kenneth Freeman asked.

Womack said the officer didn't know who Freeman was when he came to the scene. "The officer said he was in fear for his safety. He didn't know what he had," he said.

Kenneth Freeman said the officer still shouldn't have shocked him. "I'm angry and I'm real angry, because I did not deserve that type of treatment," he said.

Womack said the officer has been placed paid administrative leave and an internal investigation will get to the bottom of what happened.

By Lena Sullivan 09/07/2011 19:34:00

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