Video raises questions about Columbia police’s use of force
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A video has surfaced showing the arrest of a naked man on St. Patrick’s Day that appears to contradict Columbia police’s account of when officers used a stun gun.
Police accountability group Citizens for Justice provided a bystander’s video to the Columbia Daily Tribune that shows 32-year-old Alexander Wells was walking away from police when an officer fired a Taser at his back on March 17.
Police spokesman Jeff Pitts released a statement March 18, alleging Wells was intoxicated, attempted to start fights and had stripped off his clothes. Pitts claims officers used a stun gun because Wells was advancing toward them.
Wells was arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct and resisting arrest. He was released from Boone County Jail after posting $1,000 bond.
Police and city officials declined to comment on the video.
Wells couldn’t be reached for comment.
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com