The boy who filmed an Indiana police officer smashing a passenger window and using a Taser gun on his mom's boyfriend said he started recording the incident “because I knew it was wrong."
“I was scared for my family. I was scared for my little sister because she was in the back with me,” said 14-year-old Joseph Ivy, who recorded the exchange during a traffic stop on his cell phone.
Joseph was on his way to the hospital to see his dying grandmother when police pulled over his mother for driving without a seatbelt. His mom’s boyfriend, Jamal Jones, was sitting beside her.
The family spoke exclusively to TODAY about the Sept. 24 incident that led them to file a federal lawsuit against Hammond police, claiming their officers used excessive force.
- Joseph explained why he pulled out his cell phone: “I want them to hear her crying so they could feel bad because what if somebody was doing that to their kid.”
- Jones described his interaction with police: “Taze me, Taze me, Taze me. They just kept Tasering me. I felt defenseless that I couldn't help my family.”
- Joseph’s mom, Lisa Mahone, said she was too scared to leave her vehicle: "He just pulled a gun. I'm not getting out of the car.”
In a statement to NBC, the Hammond Police Department said Jones refused to leave the vehicle "after approximately 13 minutes had elapsed" and requests by at least three different officers. Police said the officer smashed through the window "fearing the occupants of the vehicle possessed a weapon, and seeing the passenger repeatedly reach towards the rear seats of the vehicle."
No weapons were found in the car. Jones was arrested and charged with failure to aid an officer and resisting law enforcement.