Georgia man, 24, is tased and cuffed by police before officers check his ID and realize they have the wrong person


 

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers wore body cameras as they approached a parked car with the intention of arresting Michael Clay, for whom they had a warrant.

In the car they found a man who they said fit the description of Clay.

When the young man inside refused to exit the car they eventually tased and cuffed him.

The only problem – the man in the car wasn’t Michael Clay.

The white police officers had tased Patrick Mumford, a black man who did not have a warrant out for his arrest.

Mumford had just returned from a meeting with his probation officers when the incident, caught on the officer’s body cameras, happened.

In the video, Mumford asks ‘What did I do?’ as he hunches over in the car with his arms wrapped around his stomach, police surrounding him.

The officers ask Mumford’s name and he pauses, looking nervously at the officers around him before apprehensively saying, ‘Ok, Patrick’.

An officer asks his name again and this time Mumford hesitates, seeming confused, and says: ‘Uh…Patrick?’

‘Stand up, put your hands on the car,’ the officer says.

As Mumford begins to comply he asks, ‘What happened?’ 

Patrick Mumford (pictured), 24, was stopped, tased and cuffed after mistaking him for Michael Clay, a man who had a warrant out for his arrest

Patrick Mumford (pictured), 24, was stopped, tased and cuffed after mistaking him for Michael Clay, a man who had a warrant out for his arrest

 

Police mistook him for Michael Clay, who did have a warrant for his arrest. Mumford had just returned home from a meeting with his probation officer

The officers asked Mumford's name and he paused, looking nervously at the officers around him before apprehensively saying, 'Ok, Patrick'

The officers asked Mumford’s name and he paused, looking nervously at the officers around him before apprehensively saying, ‘Ok, Patrick’

The officer again commands Mumford put his hands on the car but Mumford sits back down into the vehicle, again asking, ‘What did I do?’

Then the cops begin grabbing at Mumford, attempting to pull him from the car as the 24-year-old repeatedly says: ‘What did I do? Y’all didn’t tell me what did I do.’

‘You got a warrant,’ the officer replies.

Mumford starts explaining he just came back from his probation officer and that she didn’t tell him he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Mumford was on probation for a previous arrest for a non-violent first-time drug offense.

The officer again commands Mumford put his hands on the car but Mumford sits back down into the vehicle, again asking, 'What did I do?'

The officer again commands Mumford put his hands on the car but Mumford sits back down into the vehicle, again asking, ‘What did I do?’

The 24-year-old repeatedly says: 'What did I do? Y'all didn't tell me what did I do'

Then the cops begin grabbing at Mumford, attempting to pull him from the car as the 24-year-old repeatedly says: ‘What did I do? Y’all didn’t tell me what did I do’

Less than a minute elapses from the moment the officers approach Mumford to the time another officer is asked to tase the 24-year-old, who they still believe is Clay.

Mumford repeatedly asks for the officers to show him the warrant and they begin counting down.

‘Three, two’ and then the taser is deployed.

Mumford cries in agony as volts of electricity ripple through his body.

It’s only when the officers finally have him cuffed and pressed against the hood of the police car do they check his ID and realize Mumford is not Clay.

The officer then tells Mumford that he should’ve given them his ID when they asked for it.

Less than a minute elapses from the moment the officers approach Mumford to the time another officer is asked to tase the 24-year-old, who they still believe is Clay

Less than a minute elapses from the moment the officers approach Mumford to the time another officer is asked to tase the 24-year-old, who they still believe is Clay

Mumford repeatedly asks for the officers to show him the warrant and they begin counting down. 'Three, two' and then the taser is deployed

Mumford repeatedly asks for the officers to show him the warrant and they begin counting down. ‘Three, two’ and then the taser is deployed

‘I don’t know if you got a warrant, cause you’re not who I’m looking for.

‘When I ask you for ID because you look a lot like who I’m looking for that’s [sic] living at this address, you give us ID,’ the officer says to Mumford.

However, Mumford’s attorney William Claiborne said the officers never asked the 24-year-old for his ID.

Claiborne, who said the problem is indicative of a much wider issue with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and incidents like this are common.

‘What this speaks to is sort of the day in and day out stuff that goes on.

‘The narrative is always that the suspect became uncooperative, but you know, Patrick wasn’t uncooperative, they were the ones being aggressive,’ Claiborne told CBS News.

Mumford was charged with misdemeanor obstruction for the February 1 incident.

Claiborne’s firm released an edited and subtitled version of the 17-minute clip of body cam footage.

It's only when the officers finally have him cuffed and pressed against the hood of the police car do they check his ID and realize Mumford is not Clay

It’s only when the officers finally have him cuffed and pressed against the hood of the police car do they check his ID and realize Mumford is not Clay

'When I ask you for ID because you look a lot like who I'm looking for that's [sic] living at this address, you give us ID,' the officer says to Mumford. However, Mumford's attorney William Claiborne said the officers never asked the 24-year-old for his ID

‘When I ask you for ID because you look a lot like who I’m looking for that’s [sic] living at this address, you give us ID,’ the officer says to Mumford. However, Mumford’s attorney William Claiborne said the officers never asked the 24-year-old for his ID

Claiborne, who said the problem is indicative of a much wider issue with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and incidents like this are common

Claiborne, who said the problem is indicative of a much wider issue with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and incidents like this are common

He has made both versions available on his YouTube channel, Claiborne Firm.

Joseph Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, shot back at the video, calling it ‘misleading’ and ‘intended to be inflammatory’.

‘The video released by the defense attorney was edited and omits significant portions wherein a relative asks the individual to be cooperative,’ Lumpkin said.

The department released a 30-minute video from the perspective of the officer who used the stun gun on Mumford, which shows a relative telling the 24-year-old to cooperate with the officers.

‘The narrative is always that the suspect became uncooperative, but you know, Patrick wasn’t uncooperative, they were the ones being aggressive,’ Claiborne said.

A video of the incident was posted to Claiborne's firm's YouTube page, but Joseph Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, shot back at the video, calling it 'misleading' and 'intended to be inflammatory'

A video of the incident was posted to Claiborne’s firm’s YouTube page, but Joseph Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, shot back at the video, calling it ‘misleading’ and ‘intended to be inflammatory’

The department released a 30-minute video from the perspective of the officer who used the stun gun on Mumford, which shows a relative telling the 24-year-old to cooperate with the officers. It is unclear if Mumford will sue over the 'mistaken identity' incident

The department released a 30-minute video from the perspective of the officer who used the stun gun on Mumford, which shows a relative telling the 24-year-old to cooperate with the officers. It is unclear if Mumford will sue over the ‘mistaken identity’ incident

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is not commenting further on the case.

The charge against Mumford has since been dropped, but Claiborne said police are trying to have his probation revoked.

In October 2014, Mumford pleased guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession and felony of a controlled substance.

He is scheduled to have a hearing about his probation in September.

It is unclear if he will sue over the ‘mistaken identity’ incident.

‘We’re calling for accountability and transparency and an apology,’ Claiborne said. ‘We’re asking them to take ownership of the fact that they messed up.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3692584/Police-use-stun-gun-Georgia-man-case-mistaken-ID.html

 

 

 

 

 

 


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