Police Claimed They ‘Lost’ Video of Officers Torturing Handcuffed Man with a Taser But That Was a Lie
When is charged by police and no bystander video evidence, that person's word against the officer's.
In nearly all cases, courts will take the officer's word over the alleged criminal and as a result, countless innocent people have done time in prison.
Police also maintain control over body camera footage and as Aaron Maughan's case illustrates, if police claim the footage was lost, up to you it.
In 2017, Maughan admitted to eluding police and was taken into police custody while being compliant.
The fact that he complied with the officer's orders however, was no defense against his subsequent torture.
Video, which was thought to be "Lost" now shows what happened while Maughan was taken into custody and as a result, - he did time in jail for - were dropped.
According to police, Maughan eluded them during a traffic stop in an off-road pursuit but was found sleeping outside a morning.
What happened after Christian Ensley and Brett Marsden found him is now of a lawsuit against the Superior .
"As Marsden secured the handcuffs on Maughan's wrists, Ensley unholstered his taser. Marsden handcuffed Maughan, and said,"He's good.
" Maughan was in handcuffs and completely subdued.
Ensley started yelling at Maughan to roll over onto his back.
Maughan move because Marsden was sitting on his back.
"Tasing a subdued handcuffed subject was unnecessary and excessive and amounts to the crime of by Ensley abetted by Marsden."
As the video shows, of force by the officers was so over that a bystander asked them .
Instead of stopping Ensley threatened the bystander.
Maughan would later plead guilty to eluding police and spent two years in jail for it.
For some reason a year after Maughan was sentenced to prison, the Superior hit him with new charges for incident.
This time he was facing "Resisting" charges.
'As the video below clearly shows Maughan was the victim of an assault and resisting least.
This is likely why the video was reported "Lost" by the department when Maughan sought it.
"Superior officials, presumably Ensley, told the prosecutor that there was no because the 'disk had crashed.' From our prior dealings with the Superior , OBC is stored on two separate servers that mirror ," the notice of claim written by Maughan's attorney.
"We also checked the Town of Superior minutes for last year no indication that the SPD ever reported the disk crashed or sought funds to repair or replace the . We believe SPD has the OBC or has access , but fully investigate this issue litigate this case."
In other words, these criminal cops simply lied and claimed the video was lost when , right where be.
Once the video was produced, against Maughan were dropped.
On top of that police claimed lost the video, they also falsified the report from that day and made no mention of of force.
ABC15 obtained an apparently undisclosed police report authored by Ensley that shows he wrote a series of false statements about the facts of the arrest and his use of force.
Ensley claimed they struggled with Maughan for "a few minutes" they weren't handcuff him until after he tasered him.
Maughan was approached and handcuffed within 35 seconds.
The taser was also deployed after he was handcuffed and Officer Marsden told Ensley that Maughan was "Good," meaning handcuffed.
According to the report, Ensley long and troubled career in having been fired or investigated in six departments.
Only that Maughan's attorneys knew about the video is Maughan now a free man.
Days the report from ABC15, against Maughan were dropped.
"Apparently, the sudden emergence of the video also changed the Pinal County Attorney's view of the case. Last week, after ABC15 sought comment from the Pinal County Attorney's Office about its story, all against Maughan were dismissed," the notice of claim said.
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