Schneider then puts his Taser away and uses his other hand to grab Wheatcroft's elbow and put him into a plain compliance hold. NOBLE: He’s put him in a rear wrist lock with the seatbelt over his shoulder. He’s twisting his wrist, he’s putting his left hand on his elbow forcing forward where the seatbelt is restraining him. There is no legitimate law enforcement purpose for that Taser.The seatbelt wraps around Wheatcroft’s head and legs as officers try to pull him from the vehicle. If I did that to you right now, you would similarly bend forward. It should be no surprise to this officer, that he is pulling some resistance back. With Wheatcroft tangled in the seatbelt, another officer tases him multiple times in the left side by using what’s called a “drive stun.” Officer Schneider then steps back and fires his taser at Wheatcroft who’s on the ground between the car door and the vehicle, with the seatbelt wrapped around his legs. During the previous portion, officers claim Anya Chapman hit Officer Lindsey in the head with a plastic bag of items.
“I have never seen anything like this before,” said Jeff Noble, an attorney and former deputy chief of police in Irvine, Calif., who’s testified in hundreds of cases including Tamir Rice and Philando Castile. “That’s not even borderline,” said Williams, an expert witness who testified in the filed in the U. District Court of Arizona by attorneys Marc Victor and Jody Broaddus, alleges that the officers violated the constitutional rights of Wheatcroft and his wife, Anya Chapman, and engaged in the “excessive use of force and torture.” Wheatcroft and Chapman, who were arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, spent months in jail after the incident because they couldn’t afford bail.Wheatcroft, who’s currently in prison on an unrelated burglary charge stemming from a copper wire theft, was not available for comment.For independent analysis, ABC15 spoke with three former law enforcement officers, who testify as expert witnesses in police use-of-force cases across the country: Williams, Noble, and Stoughton.He was placed in a police vehicle and booked into jail for two counts of aggravated assault.
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ABC15 traveled to southern California to interview Williams and Noble in person. Officers Matt Schneider and Mark Lindsey approach the car for an alleged turn signal violation.