Published on Jul 13, 2012
Florida police said they followed procedure when they Tasered accused jaywalker Zikomo Peurifoy three times when he refused to provide identification after police stopped him for allegedly jaywalking.
A video of the altercation taken by Peurifoy's friend Noelle Price, who was arrested along with him, and which Peurifoy posted to his Youtube account, may now be shown to officers as an example of how to properly handle an uncooperative suspect, said Capt. David Del Rosso, of the Casselberry Florida Police Department.
"The officers were polite the whole time through and gave good verbal commands," Del Rosso said. "You hear the officer saying why he stopped him."
Officers can be heard in the 10-minute video repeatedly asking Peurifoy to provide identification after they said he'd been jaywalking.
Del Rosso said asking for identification when a person is stopped is standard police procedure. It allows officers to check for outstanding warrants.
"Give me your ID, or you are going to go to jail," an officer can be heard saying after Peurifoy refused several times to turn over identification.
"It's not a lawful command," Peurifoy can be heard telling the officer.
Price can be heard in the background, screaming repeatedly for officers to call their supervisor.
In the video, Peurifoy appears not to be cooperating with the officers' commands, and accuses them of "assaulting" him. The video shows Peurifoy not putting his hands behind the back when two officers tried to handcuff him. Peurifoy can be heard in the video saying he was not resisting.
As the situation escalated, officers used a Taser gun on Peurifoy three times. Peurifoy remained on his feet in what looked like a "fighting stance" after the first two shocks, Del Rosso said, prompting officers to deliver a third shock that brought him to the ground, which the video captured.
"You just committed a crime. You assaulted me with a Taser," Peurifoy can be heard saying to the officers in the video.
Del Rosso said that after the officers cuffed Peurifoy, they found a concealed firearm on him. After his arrest, officers realized Peurifoy had a permit to carry the weapon.
Peurifoy was booked on charges of resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer. Both officers had incurred minor injuries, Del Rosso said.
Price, Peurifoy's friend and camera operator, declined to provide police with her full name, despite the fact officers informed her she was required to by law, since she was at the scene.
"You can legally address me as Ms. Price," she can be heard saying in the video.
Price was arrested on a charge of resisting an officer without violence because she did not provide her name.
Officers searched Price's backpack and found brass knuckles, a firearm, pepper spray and a knife, Del Rosso said. The backpack arsenal resulted in an additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Price, unlike Peurifoy, did not have a permit to carry a weapon - 12 July 2012.
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