A 35-year-old man was tasered and punched repeatedly in a Meijer parking lot for supposedly trying to steal over $600’s worth of Pokémon TCG cards.
Security camera footage shows Ernest Fields was in the process of stealing $679’s worth of Pokémon TCG merch from Meijer’s, and an employee tracking Fields reported the type of car he left the store in. This led police straight to Fields, who were reportedly pushed down by the suspect when they were trying to apprehend him.
Fields is shown resisting arrest, which is when another police officer got on top of him and punched him in the face repeatedly. Another officer also came in and tasered Fields in order to subdue him. During this skirmish, Fields can be heard yelling out that he was sorry and he couldn’t breathe.
Acting President of the Fraternal Order of Police Brian Steel said the takedown will be given a thorough review and the officers involved will be reprimanded if any wrongdoing is found. Cori Elaine Schleiffer, organizing director of Ohio Families Unite for Political Action and Change, says that what was caught on video doesn’t match up with the police reports.