Video posted to Facebook on Thursday by Anna Morentin shows Chicago police tasering her husband four times for recording an interaction between officers and passengers of a vehicle at a gas station.
“You’re making my kid cry,” Morentin tells the officers as they handcuff her husband, Angel Ramirez, who fell to the ground after being tasered for recording them stop another vehicle.
“Daddy!” one of Ramirez’s children cries as she records.
“Why are you doing that to him?” a passenger asks.
“Are you recording the whole thing?”
“I’m recording everything,” Morentin says.
“What was he doing? He was recording. He wasn’t doing anything but recording,” the passenger tells the officers as Ramirez lay on the ground handcuffed.
“He was in our crime scene. We asked him to step away three times,” one officer explains.
“He kept resisting.”
“Record that shit,” Ramirez repeats to Morentin.
“They tased me four times.”
As Ramirez lay on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back, one officer remains holding the taser aimed at him with his hand on the trigger.
In an apparent act of spite, at the 2:12 mark, another officer apparently pepper sprays Ramirez in the face while trying to hide behind the view of the camera behind several other officers.
When an officer abruptly moves up, the camera catches the officer holding the can and shaking it.
When Ramirez gets up, he complains his eyes burn and asks officers to wipe his face.
“That’s fucked up. We got kids in the car. We’re not doing anything wrong, bro,” the passenger tells the officers as two young children in the back seat cry in fear.
“When you’re told to step back from an investigation, you step back,” one officer can be heard explaining.
“It’s called obstruction. That’s why . . . Interference and obstruction,” the officer says, explaining it’s obstruction “because he resisted.”
“All he was doing was recording,” the witness tells the officer.
Footage begins with Ramirez recording an interaction between police and passengers in another vehicle.
Within a few seconds after Ramirez began recording, an officer approaches, grabs him and asks him to “back away.”
“You’re interfering with our crime scene. Back away,” the officer says, even though Ramirez appears to be several feet away and quietly recording.
“Don’t touch me,” he says several times before he’s eventually tased.
“You’re going to be resisting. Knock it off,” one officer says hinting officers are about to use force on him.
Video of the entire incident, which can be seen above, was posted on Independence Day 2019.
Ramirez was apparently arrested for obstructing.