Juvenile tazed by police after he allegedly attacked them

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A stolen bike leads Lake Charles Police to the 1700 block of Rena Street.

"Our patrol officers responded, spoke to a juvenile there that had said his bicycle had been taken from him by force and that he was battered as a result of that robbery," said Sgt. Mark Kraus.

Based on a description from the victim, police located another juvenile who they believe stole the bike.

"The person at that time responded by saying no he didn't know who's it was. Our officers knowing the clothing fit the description along with the description of the bicycle. Officers then detained that person at the scene to get a positive id from the victim," said Kraus.

According to Sergeant Mark Kraus, as officers were making the arrest, another male juvenile ran toward them, tackled the person in handcuffs and then turned on the officers.

"That person was tazed as a result of biting that police officer and striking with force to the other police officer," said Kraus.

"My son is a handicap child. He's mildly retarded and when you look at Trey you can tell something is wrong with him. The police officer tazed him with the gun and the other officer told me he didn't care. I was just devastated saying why are you tazing him because he's handicapped and you can tell he's handicapped, "said Monique Francisco.

Monique Francisco says her fourteen year old mentally challenged son likely didn't understand what was going on, but Kraus says officers during violent exchanges don't have the luxury of waiting to ask questions.

"We have to stop that threat. We are obligated and our patrolmen are obligated by our administration to protect the first person and that is the police officer," said Kraus.

Still Francisco believes it could have been handled differently:

"He reacted because he saw his brother handcuffed. They didn't apologize, they didn't say they were sorry and they didn't give me no explanation about my child being handcuffed," said Francisco.

Both of her sons were charged, one with robbery, the other for interfering with a police investigation and two counts of battery on an officer.

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