Citizens protest police tactics on "loud music" call
POSTED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 7:42am
Baytown, Texas (NBC) — A Baytown, Texas family says they were having a birthday party when police showed up on a loud music call. Once inside the house, however, party goers say those officers went horribly overboard.
According to party goers, the police entered through this backyard gate and within a matter of minutes had shot seven people with taser guns, including a 54-year-old woman who was hit with a taser dart four times.
A total of seven people at the birthday party were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of interfering with a public servant.
Dozens of angry protesters marched on the Baytown Police Department, calling its officers criminal and physically abusive.
The protestors say this is a perfect example of police brutality and say the Baytown Police Department has a notorious history of violating the human and civil rights of Mexicans and blacks. One of the party goers says several times the cops referred to people at this party as 'wet-backs.'
The protestor's chief complaint were the small children present at the birthday party who were exposed to pepper spray. A total of 10 children were in the home at the time.