An 18-year-old woman allegedly took out a knife and threatened to kill employees at a mall when the police were called on Tuesday.
Genele Laird, of Madison, Wisconsin, told a Taco Bell employee at the East Towne Mall that her phone had been stolen, according to a police report. She then allegedly took out a knife and started threatening people.
When security confronted Laird, she refused to leave and made numerous threats to kill the security staff.
When officers arrived a struggle ensued.
The woman then turns around and spits at the officer, and he says, “She spat in my eye,” before taking out a taser and holding it to her stomach and then leg repeatedly while she screams, eventually ceasing to struggle while they hold her down and finish handcuffing her.
The officer yells at her, “Do not spit at me again.”
“I’ll bite you, I’ll f—ing bite you,” she says.
“If you bite me, I’ll tase you again,” he responds.
She tells the officers that she can’t breathe and that “if I die, it’s on you,” but her speech did not sound impaired.
Laird was taken to the jail on charges of disorderly conduct while armed, resisting police (causing injury), battery to a police officer and discharging bodily fluids.
Officers say they did recover the knife.
Family members now what the charges against the woman dropped.
Those charges include disorderly conduct while armed, resisting police (causing injury), battery to a police officer and discharging bodily fluids.
“I’m convinced based on what I’ve heard tonight that I think there could be some restorative justice program put in place but I don’t think this young lady should go to jail,” says Boys and Girls Club President and CEO Michael Johnson.
Protests have been taking place at the mall with demonstrators holding banners that said “Hands Off Black Women.”