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Police use stun gun on Occupy DC protester (Video)

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UPDATE from ABC7's Tom Roussey:

Park Police say the man who was tased - who protesters call "Lash" - got angry as officers were posting flyers. He began ripping them down.

The flyers were about Monday's noon deadline for camping equipment to be removed from the two Occupy camps.

They arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct. He was expected to be in jail overnight and appear in court Monday.

Park Police say, as is standard procedure, there will be an internal investigation into the use of the taser.

Protestors say the tasing was unnecessary. They say Lash has a heart condition and asthma.

Although he called for an ambulance, police say he later refused treatment at GW Hospital.

Police use stun gun on Occupy DC protester

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Park Police say an officer used an electronic stun gun on an Occupy DC participant who was tearing down fliers warning protesters about the ban on camping in McPherson Square.

Police said the unidentified man was charged with disorderly conduct.

The arrest occurred shortly after noon Sunday.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a park police spokesman, says the man ripped up the flier when he received it and then began tearing it off other tents.

Schlosser says the man became "aggressive and confrontational" when police tried to arrest him and the stun gun was used.

He says there will be an internal inquiry, as there is after any use of force.

An Occupy DC participant told The Washington Post that the use of the stun gun was unnecessary.

WARNING: This video contains repeated language that might be offensive to some. On YouTube from truthyoushouldknow.

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