Surveillance footage has captured the moment a cop tasered a biracial teenager outside his girlfriend’s home in Florida, causing him to fall and hit his head on a brick fountain.
Jack Rodeman, 16, was confronted by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper George Smyrnios in the backyard of his girlfriend’s house in the upscale neighborhood of Indian Laurel Way, Fort Meyers, on June 16.
Smyrnios claimed in an arrest report that the teen – who has dark skin and was dressed all in black – looked ‘suspicious.’
The teen’s mom has accused the officer of racially profiling her son, who she said posed no danger and always takes the same route to visit his girlfriend.
Rodeman was arrested for loitering, possession of medical marijuana and a criminal traffic violation and was sent to a juvenile detention center for 21 days.
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Surveillance footage has captured the moment a cop tasered a biracial teenager outside his girlfriend’s home in Florida, causing him to fall and hit his head on a brick fountain
Rodeman was walking through the neighborhood to visit his girlfriend when the trooper started to tail him, according to WINK.
Smyrnios, who lives in the area, followed the teen into the backyard as Rodeman texted his girlfriend to say he had arrived and was waiting outside.
The home security footage shows Rodeman standing on the back deck of his girlfriend’s house in the daylight.
The trooper is seen on the lawn a few feet away pointing his taser at the teen.
Rodeman appears to be looking down at his phone in his hands as Smyrnios orders the teen to put his hands behind his head.
‘I didn’t do nothing…’ Rodeman replies, continuing to look down at his phone.
The cop then discharges his taser which strikes the teen, causing him to fall back and smack his head off a brick fountain in the yard.
The force of Rodeman’s head striking the fountain dislodges a brick.
The 16-year-old is heard screaming in pain and shouting: ‘I didn’t do nothing.’
The trooper edges closer to him with his taser still pointed at the teen, warning him he will taser him again.
‘Put your hands behind your back or I will do it again,’ he tells him.
Rodeman is seen raising his hands and putting them behind his head.
Rodeman was walking through the neighborhood to visit his girlfriend when the trooper started to tail him. Rodeman texted his girlfriend to say he had arrived
The cop discharges his taser which strikes the teen, causing him to fall back and smack his head off a brick fountain in the yard. The force of Rodeman’s head striking the fountain dislodges a brick
The 16-year-old is heard screaming in pain. The footage then shows Rodeman lying on his front with his hands behind his back while the officer cuffs him as his girlfriend comes out
The footage then shows Rodeman lying on his front with his hands behind his back while the officer cuffs him.
At this point, Rodeman’s girlfriend comes out of the back door of the home.
She told the officer her boyfriend had permission to be in her backyard yet he was arrested anyway, reported WINK.
Smyrnios claimed in an arrest report that the teen had ‘darted’ through shrubs to enter the backyard and that his behavior was ‘suspicious.’
The trooper, who lives in the community, said he ‘has personal knowledge that this neighborhood has had several burglaries.’
He tasered the teen when he refused to comply with his verbal commands, he said.
But Rodeman’s mom Kristina Rodeman said the trooper targeted her son because of his race and has hired an attorney to fight the charges and use of force.
She told CBS the incident had left both her son and his girlfriend ‘traumatized.’
‘I think something should have been done, he shouldn’t have done that to my kid,’ she said.
Rodeman was arrested for loitering, possession of medical marijuana and a criminal traffic violation. His mom (pictured together) says he was racially profiled
Trooper George Smyrnios left. The incident is under review by the department
‘His girlfriend is traumatized, her mother is traumatized and I am traumatized,’ adding that her son was ‘absolutely not a threat.’
Attorney Derek Tyler told WINK Rodeman needs to undergo an x-ray to look for any vertebral fractures following the heavy fall.
‘We are going to vigorously defend all of the charges and we are also going to vigorously pursue every legal avenue available regarding the unmitigated, unjustified torture that he was subjected to by the officer involved,’ he said.
Rodeman, who was on probation at the time of the incident, remains behind bars at the juvenile assessment center facing multiple charges.
The incident is currently under review by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Under department policy, troopers are permitted to deploy a taser in the event of a ‘sudden attack or when ‘active resistance or greater is offered by a subject who is about to be taken into custody for any reason.’
But officers are not permitted to deploy a taser solely to prevent someone from fleeing or in response to the individual not complying with verbal commands.
‘[It] must involve a custodial situation when the subject is actively physically resisting,’ the policy states, per WINK.
A former police officer told the local outlet that Rodeman was displaying ‘passive’ rather than ‘active’ resistance as he ‘refuses to move at the member’s direction’.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of George Floyd, tweeted Tuesday calling for the trooper to be held accountable
‘The most egregious part to me is here’s a kid who was offering no active resistance but passive resistance by being on his phone and texting and because he failed to comply with your lawful order you shot him with a Taser and he fell and hit his head on a brick,’ said David J. Thomas, who is now a professor of forensic studies at FGCU.
‘If he goes and says let’s put handcuffs on, then the kid starts to fight and resist, then you have a legitimate reason to use a Taser but you don’t have a legitimate reason to use a Taser because the kids ignoring him and on his phone,’ Thomas reportedly said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of George Floyd, tweeted Tuesday calling for the trooper to be held accountable.
‘FHP trooper George Smyrnios repeatedly tased 16yo Jack Rodeman as he waited for his girlfriend on her back deck!,’ Crump tweeted.
‘Smyrnios hasn’t been suspended or punished for his unlawful actions against this teen who posed NO THREAT! He should be held accountable for his egregious actions!’
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Florida Highway Patrol for comment.