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Shocking bodycam video shows white veteran US cop ordering rookie to Taser black woman in incident that led to officer being fired from the force

A veteran Fort Worth police officer was fired Monday for his role in escalating a situation in which a woman who had called police for help was Tased and arrested outside her apartment. 
Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald terminated Sgt. Kenneth Pierce, a 22-year veteran of the department, after supervisors completing a mandatory use-of-force review of the August incident discovered the conduct, police said. 
The officer became "impatient, initiated an unnecessary physical confrontation," then ordered a rookie officer to Tase the woman, Fitzgerald said in a written statement denouncing Pierce's actions. 
Police on Monday also released nearly 13 minutes of footage taken by a camera worn by the rookie officer, Maria Barona, during the domestic call.  
The video shows at least three officers responding to an apartment complex after the woman, whose identity has not been released, called 911 to report an incident with her boyfriend. 
In the body-cam video, the woman is heard telling a responding officer that she had wanted her boyfriend to leave and that she has a knife to keep anyone from kicking her door in or damaging her vehicle.  
Before Bayona hands back the purse, which the officers had taken to look for the knife, she asks the woman if she has other weapons. She tells them she does not.
"It's no point in calling y'all if you're going to do all this," the woman says. "Come up here like ... I have done something to y'all."
After her purse is returned to her, the woman pulls out her ID and becomes engaged in a conversation with another officer, thought to be Pierce, who asks what she told the 911 dispatcher.  
"Look, I don't have to repeat myself," the woman says.
"See this is the reason you're getting the attitude from us that you're getting," the officer says.
Pierce asks her to hand Bayona her ID, and the woman says she does not have to do so. He says that if she does not, she will be handcuffed and sent to jail.
During an attempt to handcuff the woman and bring her to the ground, Pierce appears to yank her hair. The woman is heard repeatedly shouting for him to "let my hair go."
Pierce is then heard ordering Bayona to Tase the woman.
She falls to the ground, is handcuffed and taken to a squad car. Charges against her were later dropped after a review of evidence, Fitzgerald said.
"I'm confident that everyone who sees this video, including members of this department, will agree this supervisor's response and subsequent behaviors are absolutely unacceptable," he said in the written statement. "We are built on a foundation of being problem-solvers. Pierce responded in an opposite manner, and he escalated the situation endangering everyone involved including his fellow officers."
He said the department reached out to the woman but she has not responded. 
"Thankfully, in this situation, our internal systems worked, both in the use of force review and the criminal investigative process," Fitzgerald said.
An internal investigation is being conducted into Bayona's actions,  said Paula Fimbres with the Police Department. The rookie officer was hired in 2016.
Police said the incident was "eerily reminiscent" of the arrest of Jacqueline Craig in December 2016. Craig called Fort Worth police to complain that a neighbor had choked her 8-year-old son after the boy allegedly littered.
Officer William Martin argued with Craig, pulled out a stun gun and forced her to the ground before detaining her and her two daughters. The arrest was captured on cellphone video.
Martin was suspended for 10 days. The charges against Craig and her daughters were later dropped. Two police officials were demoted in May after the department said they played a role in leaking body-camera footage and personnel records after Craig's arrest.
The incident sparked a protest and anger from the community who criticized the police response, saying that when people call police they want help, not to be arrested. 

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