The man who was tased, Marco Stephenson, told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that he had been walking with his nephew and his friends. One of the kids had a BB gun, and he told the kid to give it to him because they were walking in a nicer part of Balch Springs and someone might call the police.
Police responded to a report that a man was waving a gun in the neighborhood. They found Stephenson, who had run-ins before with the police department and had been convicted of assaulting a Balch Springs officer in 2008.
Stephenson was handcuffed when Young tased him.
“I can’t say nothing but ‘you did it because you’re dealing with a black man,’ ” said Stephenson, 39. “How can you want somebody to support the blue when you’re dealing with people based on what color they are?”
The department said it is worried publicity about the incident will create more tension between the public and police, who have faced increased scrutiny since April 29, when Officer Roy Oliver fired his rifle into a vehicle of teenagers, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was black.
Oliver, who is white, was fired days later and was arrested on a murder charge.
The department’s chief, Jonathan Haber, initially said the car Edwards was in was backing toward officers when Oliver opened fire, but the chief changed his account after reviewing body-camera footage. The car was driving away when Oliver fired his rifle through a passenger-side window and struck Jordan in the head.
“With recent events, we understand we are under the microscope from the public eye, and that is why we will continue to serve our community as we have done in the past,” the department said in a written statement.
The Texas Rangers said in a brief written statement that Rangers reviewed the video after being asked to do so by the police department. “Rangers reviewed the incident in collaboration with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office,” the statement said. “A determination was made that there was no violation of state statute and it was returned to Balch Springs Police.”
The Rangers referred any other questions to Balch Springs police.
Young could not be reached for comment.
The video was mailed to KDFW-TV (Channel 4), which then aired it. It is not clear who sent it.