The brother of Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was arrested by Lauderhill Police.
The arrested man, Cleveland Thomas, was arrested on two counts of robbery with a firearm and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.
A family friend, Tangela Sears, said that the charges against Thomas are false and they don’t understand why the police tased him. She stated that the incident started from a false call his girlfriend made to the police regarding a fight that they had.
Police said that they didn’t go to Thomas’ house for a fight with his girlfriend, but that he had a warrant out for his arrest.
According to the police and the arrest report, Thomas refused multiple commands to put his hands behind his back and yelled, “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything”.
Lauderhill Police Major Rick Rocco said that the family allowed the officers inside and Thomas was violently resisting arrest.
Police said they gave Thomas multiple warnings that he will be Tased if he continues to refuse to follow their lawful orders. Without warning Thomas began to push officer away and began to resist officers.
Major Rocco said that an officer did attempt to use a Taser but one of the Taser’s prongs missed Thomas and he was never even shocked.
The report says that Thomas is no stranger to the law. According to an officer who was on scene, Thomas has been arrested in the past on other unrelated charges.
Thomas was taken and treated at the hospital for a condition found during the exam that was unrelated to his arrest, Major Rocco said.
The family is now asking for a public apology and an investigation into whether or not the officers used excessive force.
“We just don’t need these types of things happening — police going and tasering young men that they can actually hold down,” Sears said.
Thomas appeared in court Wednesday, where he was ordered to be held without bond.