When Mims steps off the platform, a struggle ensues between him and the officers as they appear to try to handcuff him while he yells “get off of me.”
“He hit the officer. He gotta go to jail,” one officer is heard saying. “He swing on the officer.”
Mims is then heard replying he “did not swing on the officer” as the struggle continues. Seconds later, an officer uses a Taser on Mims, bringing him to the ground as panicked screams are heard from the crowd around him.
“The arresting officer alleges the band director pushed him during the arrest,” the police statement says. “The arresting officer then subdued the band director with a Taser which ended the physical confrontation.”
I don’t know about that, chief. The video shows Mims standing in front of the two officers while one held onto his wrist right when the taser was deployed. It’s unclear in the videos if Mims pushed any of the police officers because of the commotion from the crowd of people surrounding them. Students were reaching for him, crying and yelling for the officers to let him go.
Mims was sent to the hospital and then booked in jail for disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest. Luckily, he lawyered up and with his attorney, he’s seeking punitive damages on allegations of his civil rights being violated, per WBRC.