24-year-old Micah Washington has been identified as the young black man who was detained, cuffed, and tased by Dana Elmore, a white female police officer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He was reportedly trying to fix a flat tire on the side of the road.
However, Dana Elmore forcefully took the man into custody for allegedly acting “suspicious.”
Below are facts we know about the incident.
A video, which has been shared and viewed thousands of times, shows the officer Dana Elmore leading a handcuffed man, 24-year-old Micah Washington of Tuscaloosa, to her cruiser and pushing him against the hood during a Dec. 2 traffic stop.
The two exchange words, at which point the officer exclaims, “Oh yeah,” before pressing the stun gun into the man’s back and pulling the trigger.
After using the weapon, she asks, “You want it again?” and calls him an explicit name.
The police department and mayor’s office released a statement:
“The Reform police department is aware of video circulating involving a citizen’s arrest on December 2, 2023. The department is in the process of turning over all materials related to this arrest to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and has requested an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest. In accordance with city policy, the police officer has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.”
Charges against Micah Washington
Washington is booked in the Pickens County jail on a $500,000 bond.
He’s charged with obstructing governmental operations, resisting arrest, marijuana possession, ex-felon in possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.
Reform police officer Dana Elmore placed on leave
Currently, Dana is on administrative leave while the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation looks at the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Micha on Saturday.
Dana Elmore is associated with the state’s Reform Police Department, according to WVTM13.
According to the department’s official website, she even received the Life Saving Award for her contribution to protecting and serving the citizens of Pickens County.