Police in Fredericksburg, Va., have launched an internal investigation to determine if its officers used the appropriate amount of force on a fleeing suspect. In a video uploaded on YouTube by a witness, police appear to use a stun gun on 36-year-old suspect Lantz Day for about 42 consecutive seconds.
According to police, Day was a passenger in a car that collided with five parked vehicles in downtown Fredericksburg. The driver fled the scene, but bystanders attempted to restrain Day until police could arrive, NBC Washington reports.
Day reportedly threatened to hurt anyone who called for help.
When police arrived and attempted to question Day, he reportedly became belligerent and threatened the officers before trying to run away. As seen in the YouTube video, officers then used the stun gun on the suspect so they could detain him. The stun gun remained on for more than 40 seconds.
Police are now investigating if the officers' actions were justified or excessive.
Watch the video and decide for yourself:
Day was arrested on obstruction of justice charges and booked on a $3,500 bond.