'Chatsworth, GA — A family is outraged and a great-grandmother recovering after she was tasered in her breast for failing to understand police when they told her to drop a knife she was using to reportedly cut flowers.
According to police, they received a call from a Boys and Girls club employee noting that Martha Al-Bishara, 87, was walking a trail with a knife. The caller noted that Al-Bishara was not threatening anyone and appeared to be “walking around looking for something, like, vegetation to cut down or something.” She also had a bag.
According to her family Al-Bishara’s taser attack was captured on body camera footage and they were able to watch it. However, citing pending charges against the great-grandmother, police are not releasing it publicly.
The family told police that Al-Bishara was simply on the property to cut dandelions with a kitchen knife—a story backed up by the transcripts of the 911 call. The bag in her hand, the description from the 911 call, and the fact that the woman never threatened anyone should’ve given officers this impression. Instead, however, a gun and a taser were pointed at her.
Being that Al-Bishara speaks Arabic, she likely did not understand the officers when they were telling her to put down the knife.
According to the family, the video shows Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge pointing a gun at Al-Bishara before another officer deploys the taser striking the great-grandmother in her left breast and her stomach.
She then falls over in agony and begins sobbing as the officers move in to handcuff her.
Naturally, police are standing by their decision to taser the non-threatening great-grandmother and noted that even though she never moved toward anyone with the knife that she still presented a threat.'
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