Police Use Taser on Shopper at NH Mall
NASHUA, N.H. (ABC) — On this cell phone video, you can hear the sound of the taser and the screams from the 44-year-old Chinese woman as she was placed under arrest.
It happened Tuesday at the Apple store in the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua.
Speaking from her bed in Newton, Massachusetts, and with her daughter translating, Xiajie Li says she speaks Chinese, not English.
“My mom says she doesn’t know why they called the police because she doesn’t understand what they are talking about.”
“She was certainly capable of coming up here and purchasing these things from the Apple store here. Whether her language inhibited that, I really don’t know,” says Nashua Police Captain Bruce Hansen
Li says she at the store to buy several iPhones for family members in China. She had bought two on Friday and was looking to get more. The store reportedly asked her to leave.
“Then manager of Apple store came and told her something but she don’t understand.”
Nashua Police officers were providing security at the request of the store.
Police say when Li didn’t leave that’s when they moved in, tried to arrest her, and she resisted.
As to whether or not police used excessive force, Captain Hansen says that’s under review.
“Our force continuum has specific times when a taser is used during resisting arrest or that type of incident where a person doesn’t comply with a lawful order to submit to an arrest,” Hansen adds.
As for the officers involved, they are currently on active duty.
Hanson says, “This really is a criminal trespass, resisting arrest incident and that’s fairly routine here nothing really out of the ordinary about it.”