A Hartford teen has been released from the hospital after police shot him with a Taser on Tuesday afternoon.
Eighteen-year-old Luis Anglero has been charged with interfering with police and second-degree breach of peace.
Anglero was stunned while police were breaking up an unruly crowd at Garden Street and Albany Avenue around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a scene that was captured on surveillance video.
Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Anglero “was a clear aggressor and agitator” who ignored officers’ commands to leave the area, but family members are fighting the accusations.
His sister, Zakyrah Negron, claims police provoked Anglero and that one officer challenged him, “Run up on me if you want to.” She said Anglero dropped his hands and “didn’t disrespect him” but was stunned regardless.
Surveillance footage shows the officer approaching Anglero. The teen stops, is stunned and falls to the ground.
Negron said her brother suffered seizures and and was taken to the hospital, where he was alert and listed in stable condition. Anglero was released from the hospital Thursday.
According to police, the electronic record generated by the Taser shows it was only fired once. Foley said the jolt lasted five seconds, “the minimum amount.”
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said he is taking the incident "very seriously," adding that steps are already being taken to improve relations and integrate the city.
"I'm going to reserve judgment on it until I give the agencies entrusted with the investigation time to conduct the investigation," he said. "I think that is the fair thing to do."
Anglero’s mother, Maryann Yearwood, said she plans to take action against the police department.
“They hit him near his heart,” she said.
Police promise to investigate any complaints that are filed.