Man tased by Blytheville Police says he was unfairly treated

Man tased by Blytheville Police says he was unfairly treated

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (WMC) - A video is making its rounds on internet showing police tasing Patrick Newbern.

Newbern said when police came to the parking lot of Lucky's Market for a loud music complaint, they singled him out.

"I felt like he was picking," Newbern said.

In the video, you can hear police ask Newbern for his license and to stay in the vehicle.

"Mr Newbern come here," The officer said in the video. "I'm going to write you a citation. (For what?) For that loud music."

Then he drove away. Newbern said he did this, because he wasn't under arrest.

"I pulled off because I wasn't detained or under arrest, and I didn't pull more than four or five feet," Newbern said.

Then, you can see officers try to get Newbern out of the vehicle. At first, he keeps his seat belt on and doesn't move.

"I'm going to get out of the car. I have metal in me."

Not long after Newbern was on the ground, you can hear him yelling 'Wait," to police. Police then used a taser.

"They tried to tase me three times," Newbern said.

Newbern said he was also sprayed with a chemical and was arrested. He was charged with fleeing from police, resisting arrest and given a loud music citation.

"I just want justice served. There is some good cops out there, but I can't look at the cops the same after being done like that," Newbern said.

The local NAACP chapter in Blytheville is supporting the officers. NAACP chapter president James Welspom said he feels the officer did his job ,and the NAACP does not think his arrest needs to be investigated.

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