District Attorney Denies Mom’s Claims That Cops Beat Shoplifter
TULLYTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The district attorney is disputing a mother’s claims that police beat her teenage son when he tried to run away during a shoplifting incident in southeastern Pennsylvania last week.
Marissa Sargeant posted a Facebook of her 14-yearold son’s badly bruised face on Friday, and claims he was “brutally tortured” by police after being arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Tullytown last Tuesday.
But Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler says he doesn’t believe police acted improperly but may review police dash cam video and witness statements to be sure. He says the teen was already handcuffed when he took off running, prompting police to shoot him with a stun gun and knock him down.
Heckler says the boy essentially broke his fall with his face.
Tullytown police Chief Dan Doyle calls the Facebook posting “misinformation.”