Daniel Johnson tried to reason with deputies, and they Tasered his genitals, the 26-year-old California man alleged in a civil lawsuit.
Johnson claims Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies threw him to the ground and attacked him, NBC Los Angeles reports.
According to the federal civil rights lawsuit, Johnson was cooking dinner at his mother's Altadena home on Dec. 26 when he got wind that his father was being ticketed outside for throwing a cigarette butt on the ground. Johnson asked if he could pick up the butt to avoid a $1,000 fine, and that's when deputies allegedly attacked him.
One deputy tackled him, while another deployed his Taser on Johnson, the lawsuit charges.
He was not moving or resisting in any way when Deputy Abdulfattah began to Taser him. Mr. Johnson could smell his flesh burning from the Taser and he was screaming in pain. Abdulfattah continued to intentionally shoot his Taser at plaintiff's genitals every couple seconds. Mr. Johnson begged Abdulfattah to stop Tasering him. His mother and father repeatedly asked Abdulfattah to stop Tasering him. Deputy Abdulfattah did not stop.
Johnson's mother looked on in horror as the attack raged on. His father claims one of the deputies hit him in the face.
Johnson claims he was shocked up to 10 times by the deputy, who fired straight at his genitalia at "point blank" range. He charges that deputies left the Taser prongs in his clothing as they took him to a nearby hospital. He insists that he never resisted arrest, according to the New York Daily News.
He was charged with battery at the time, but the charge was later dropped.