UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - A Union Springs police officer is coming under fire on social media for using a stun gun on a Bullock County High School student. The incident happened Monday. Another student captured the end of the confrontation with a cell phone.
Once the video was posted to social media, outraged WSFA 12 News viewers began flooding the station’s inbox with requests for information on the situation. Tuesday, details on what happened started to emerge from both sides.
The student in the video is 18-year-old senior Jahmaar Mckinnes. He claims he did nothing wrong and says use of the stun gun was uncalled for. “I told her to leave me alone,” the student said.
“She told me to go to class, the bus hadn’t arrived yet and then she told me to go to the office," Mckinnes explained. “And I asked her why am I going to the office for? I started walking to the bus and she kept following me, and then when we made it over there by the bush...and then she grabbed me. I snatched away from her and then got the papers and throwed them at me. And then she took the taser out and aimed at my head, and then she backed up and shot me in the leg with it.”
That’s not true according to Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson. He says his investigation shows Mckinnes refused to go to class and the principal’s office. From there, it got ugly.
Jackson said he did a thorough and objective investigation and found no wrongdoing on the officer’s part, and she’s getting his full backing. While he declined to identify the officer, the chief said she is well-trained and a 15-year veteran.
When asked if he grabbed the officer, Mckinnes denied doing so. But the chief said that wasn’t the case.
“He grabbed her left arm as she was trying to escort him, and when he pulled away from her," the chief stated," she deployed her taser.
The chief added, “even the child stated he struck her and was angry because of an early altercation with a girlfriend that he was upset, and I feel she used justified force to detain him.”
The student’s father, Robert Mckinnes, did admit his son used some profanities at her, saying “he said he was upset with his girlfriend, but I don’t see why it went that far.”
Mr. Mckinnes had his son checked out medically. While there were no permanent injuries, he kept his son home from school for the day Tuesday.
The chief fully supports the officer in question while Mckinnes continues to deny any misbehavior on his part. One part of the story both sides can agree on? Both Jackson and MckKinnes say he hasn’t been a discipline issue before Monday.
Mckinnes faces a misdemeanor harassment charge.
The Bullock County School District said it was aware of the situation but declined to release any specific information on the incident as it conducts its own investigation.