Family of teenager suing police officer after she was arrested, tased for riding a bike in parking lot

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TACOMA, Wash. - The family of a Washington teenager is suing a police officer after surveillance video was released related to her arrest.

Officer Jared Williams was working off-duty as a security guard at the Tacoma Mall in 2014 when he spotted two young teenagers riding their bikes in the parking lot.

Monique Tillman, who was 15-years-old at the time, told KCPQ that she and her brother were riding home when they were stopped by Williams, who accused them of trespassing.

Tillman's lawyer, Vito de la Cruz, said Tillman tried to leave at one point but that Williams "shoved Monique into parked cars, placing his forearm across her chest as he extracted his taser" and "grabbed Monique by the hair and flung her to the ground."

"He was choking me, grabbed me by my hair and tried to slam my face into the concrete. The next thing I know, I'm on the ground being tased," Tillman said.

Tillman was charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer, but those charges were dismissed, according to De la Cruz.

Officials with the Tacoma Police Department say officers are allowed to wear their uniforms while working off-duty. However, if any action is taken, they are then considered to be working as an officer.

Now, a lawsuit has been filed against Williams, the mall owner and the security company.

The spokesman for the Tacoma Mall declined to comment.

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