Lynchburg police are defending their use of a taser on a 16-year-old boy.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, police said officers acted appropriately when they used a taser to subdue Tremaine Green.
The incident happened during a high school football game last Friday. Green and his cousin, Montavius Wells, were arrested after assaulting two police officers.
Witnesses who saw the incident argued that the boys were unfairly targeted and weren't doing anything wrong.
Police offered a different account of the incident during Wednesday's press conference, saying Green and Wells were being disruptive inside a public restroom.
When approached by officers, police say both boys became combative and violent. An officer was kicked in the face, head butted, and repeatedly punched, causing minor injuries.
"It appears that our officers acted appropriately and used the appropriate level of force, while attempting to address two individuals whose behavior placed everyone's safety, particularly the police officer's safety, in jeopardy," said Major Todd Swisher, acting police chief for the Lynchburg Police Department.
"The Lynchburg Police Department will not tolerate this type of behavior. Not now. Not ever," Swisher said. "Moreover, I sincerely believe the Lynchburg community will not tolerate this type of behavior either."
Witnesses who saw the incident unfold contend that the use of a taser was inappropriate, given the age of the boys involved.
"Being that this was at a high school football game, I think some judgement should have been used, as far as using that level of force on a child," said Tim Moss, a Lynchburg resident who saw the aftermath of Friday's tasing incident and attended Wednesday's press conference.
Swisher said police could have used batons or more aggressive methods to break up Friday's altercation, but felt that the taser would be a better option.
Green and Wells are facing charges of assault and battery and resisting arrest.
Lynchburg's city manager, Kimball Payne, will review the police department's investigation of the incident.
Original story from Monday, Oct. 21
Lynchburg parents upset after police use taser on teen at high school football game
Tensions are always high when Heritage and E.C. Glass meet on the gridiron.
Students have been known to get in fights, but this year police were busy with two boys who don't attend either school.
Tremaine Green and his cousin Montavius Wells traveled from Amherst for Friday's game.
Wells left in handcuffs and police tased Green.
"It felt like getting a tattoo, with electricity going through your whole body," Green said Monday.
Officers approached the boys, after getting complaints about teenagers using profanity.
Green and Wells say they weren't the ones using bad language. They ignored the officers, which caused the situation to escalate.
"He started pushing me against the wall," said Wells. "I tried to get away and he kept pushing me against the wall."
Wells fractured his hand after punching an officer.