Police in Prairie View, Texas, are back in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons following another strange case.
Just months after activist Sandra Bland was arrested in Prairie View and later lost her life in jail, Prairie View City Councilman Jonathan Miller was tased while on his knees by officers because he was apparently too “slow” in following police commands.
The Thursday evening arrest happened when the police drove up to Miller’s home, and according to KHOU, three of Miller’s fraternity brothers were busy preparing to practice a step routine for homecoming.
In footage from a police body camera, Officer Pennie Goodie can be heard saying "There's been drug activity, little girls and little guys in the car doing whatever, so when we see this, we come investigate.”
Speaking to KHOU, Miller’s friends said that they were changing their shoes near one of their parked cars when the police pulled up and asked what they were doing. To this they responded, “Nothing. Gonna practice some steps.”
But the police officer responded, "No it looks like you guys are doing some drug-related stuff because this is a high-drug area, high crime area also."
Officers and Miller started to exchange words and one officer told Miller to back away, then tried to grab him and tell him to “turn around.”
"I'm not saying nothing, get your hands off me," Miller said. "I'm not saying nothing."
The officer’s body camera fell off during the exchange but as stated by the police, the pair began wrestling before Miller was forced to go onto his knees.
"He literally grabbed him, slammed him on the ground," Miller’s friend Brandon Wilson said.
Wilson began filming the arrest on his cell phone and Miller can be seen with his arms on either side, as the officers threatened to tase him.
Miller spent the night in jail and was charged with interfering with the police and resisting arrest. His friends weren't charged.
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
Officer Goodie was also involved in Bland's arrest, as records show she transported Bland to the jail where she eventually died.