NC man says officer used Taser on him, files lawsuit

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Christopher Martin said video shows him being shocked with a Taser by Gastonia Police Officer Arthur Johns last June.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina man is suing a police officer who shocked him with a Taser, saying the incident was racially motivated.

The Gaston Gazette reported that Christopher Martin, 22, of Kings Mountain, and his family filed the lawsuit on July 10.

The incident happened last summer at a local Belk department store when Martin was shopping with a cousin and two friends.

Mall security accused Martin’s cousin of shoplifting, but when Martin tried to leave, he was shocked with a Taser, arrested and booked.

The charges filed against Martin in the incident were later dropped and the police officer who fired the Taser was fired.

Martin is suing the officer and two store employees for offenses including assault and battery and false imprisonment.

Martin claims the incident was motivated by race. Martin is black and the three defendants are white.

The Matthews Belk Company is also named in the lawsuit. A store spokesperson said the claims are without merit and Belk’s police will not comment further on pending litigation.

Read more: The Gaston Gazette