Man tased, son claims mistreatment

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 8, 2013

The son of a man tased and arrested by River Falls Police Monday says his father was mistreated, but Police Chief Greg Jackson stands beside his actions.

Jeffrey Moore Lanham, 61, of Red Level, was arrested by the RFPD for possession of marijuana II, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after being stopped on the speeding violation.

Jackson, who made the stop, said the incident occurred at 7:58 p.m. on U.S. Hwy. 84 in River Falls.

“Mr. Lanham was going 63 in a 45,” Jackson said. “When I attempted to stop him, Lanham failed to stop for a quarter of a mile, stopping in the Gitty-Up-N-Go parking lot. When he did pull over, I approached the vehicle and smelled the odor of green marijuana.”

Jackson said he called for an additional unit. When the officer arrived, Jackson said Lanham exited the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed loose green marijuana inside. Lanham was then told he was under arrest.

During a search of Lanham’s person, he began to pull away from police and began actively resisting arrest. While resisting, Lanham took an item – later identified as marijuana – out of his pocket and threw it.

Jackson said Lanham was pushed up against the truck and one handcuff was placed on him. Lanham then locked his arm on the police vehicle’s push bumper. When police were unable to get Lanham off the truck, Lanham was “drive stunned” for one second. Upon being tased, Lanham let loose of the bumper. He was the placed on the ground and put his arm behind his back and was placed into cuffs.

“Mr. Lanham being tased was a result of his resisting arrest,” Jackson said. “It was done as a means of pain compliance for one second, and then it was over, and he was taken into custody.”

Lanham was transported to the Covington County Jail and held on a $4,500 bond.

Lanham’s son, Jon, took to social media Tuesday to speak out on his father’s treatment, stating that he has filed a report with the Attorney General’s Office.

The younger Lanham said his father is a Vietnam veteran with heart issues who needed medical attention for an injured wrist and battered elbow after being bailed out of jail.