May 8, 2008 01:21 PM EDT NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Did Niagara Falls police go too far when they handled a young shoplifting suspect?
News 4 spoke to the suspect, his family and Falls police to get the answer to that question.
This is what happened to 13-year-old Dominic Gualttieri after he says police stopped him outside a laundromat and accused him of shoplifting. (shown on WIVB-TV)
Dominic Gualttieri said, "He asked for my name and I'm like, I'm a kid you don't know, you don't need to know my name because I didn't do anything."
What happened next shocked one man so much he took pictures of the melee.
Witness: "They threw him on the ground. They tased him. They choked him. They punched him."
"I can still hear his voice. His scream was like a scream of death. A 13-year-old boy should not be screaming like that."
But Niagara Falls Police say the teen was the one who started struggling, injuring Officer Jack Miljour.
Niagara Falls Police Detective Captain Nicholas Paonessa said, "The officer was injured. He did receive a broken bone in his left arm during the struggle while attempting to hold the youth down so he could get control and handcuff him."
Even though Gualttieri's mother admits her son is big for an eighth grader, she doesn't believe it should have taken two adults and a taser to arrest him.
Dominic's mother Tracy Gruka said, "I feel he was, it was just extreme force used and it was uncalled for."
Story by Alysha Palumbo, WIVB.
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