POLICE IN A Bucks County town acted appropriately when they stun-gunned a handcuffed teen fleeing arrest, prosecutors announced yesterday.
Joseph Williams, 14, was handcuffed on suspicion of shoplifting and was fleeing arrest on foot when Tullytown cops shot him with a stun gun last month. His scraped-up mug made the rounds on social-media networks after his mother blamed his injuries on a police thrashing.
Police maintained that the ninth-grader's face-first fall caused all the damage, including a broken nose. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler agreed, saying yesterday that no misconduct charges would be filed against department officers.
Four witnesses described watching Williams break away from police as they were dealing with his alleged adult accomplice, and hearing police order him to stop before firing the stun gun, said Heckler.