A 26-year-old Occupy DC protester who admitted calling U.S. Park Police officers “fucking pigs” before they immobilized him with a Taser and placed him in handcuffs is suing the federal government for using excessive force while arresting him.
“You said to clean up the trash in the fucking park, right?” Lash is heard yelling after tearing down National Park Service notices announcing the coming enforcement of a no-camping rule in Washington, D.C.’s McPherson Square.
“Here’s your fucking trash, you fucking pigs.”
The parties dispute several details of his arrest. (RELATED VIDEO: “Occupy” goes to Washington)
Lash claims police stunned him with a Taser twice — once to knock him to the ground, and a second time after he was in handcuffs. Police, however, contend the weapon was only fired a single time.
One of the YouTube videos appears to show Officer Jennifer Lemke firing the Taser at Lash and then removing her finger from the trigger after he was on the ground and in handcuffs.
“Bring it tomorrow! Bring it tomorrow!” Lash is heard on the YouTube videos shouting to other protesters after he was on the ground, handcuffed. “Bring it!” (RELATED — Conservatives to Occupy DC: “We’re taking back the park!”)
Lash walked to a squad car under his own power, but refused to get inside. Park Police called a transport van instead.
In another YouTube video of the same event, the videographer is heard taunting police after they lead Lash away. “You think we’re fucking messing now, motherfucker? You just started so much shit, cocksucker,” he says. “Fucking cowards! Fucking cowards! You can consider your jobs lost! … You’re gonna start a fucking riot! Is that what you want?”
Lash first filed his lawsuit in federal court on May 22, suing Lemke and Sergeant Todd Reid, her supervisor in McPherson Square.