Family files lawsuit, claiming officers used ‘excessive force’ in stun gun arrest

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HAMMOND, Ind. (NBC) - An Indiana family is suing the Hammond Police Department, alleging officers used excessive force during a traffic stop and the incident was caught on camera.

It started as a routine traffic stop last month for a seat belt violation, but it ended with police officers shattering the family's car window and using a stun gun on the front seat passenger.

Lisa Mahone, her boyfriend Jamal Jones and her two children were driving to a hospital in Cook County to visit Mahone's mother, who was near death.

Mahone was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt and given a ticket.

At that point, officers asked Jones for his identification.

He told officers that he didn't have his license on him because he had recently received a ticket.

That is when Mahone's 14-year-old son started recording the incident on his cell phone.

When Jones reached to show police his ticket, the officers drew their guns.

That's when Mahone called 911 and asked for a supervisor, telling the 911 operator they were scared.

After Jones refused multiple requests from police to get out of the car, they smashed the window, used a stun gun on him and arrested him.

The family's lawsuit alleges excessive force, false arrest and battery.

They also claim both children suffered minor cuts from flying glass.

A statement released by the Hammond Police Department said their officers "were at all times acting in the interest of officer safety and in accordance with Indiana law."

They added that officers may ask passengers to exit a vehicle "for the officer's safety without a requirement of reasonable suspicion."