According to reports, the footage comes from the Catskill Police Department, where Jason Jones, 29, was pacing around the police department lobby agitated. Jones is then seen taking off his clothes and pumping sanitizer over his head and torso.
Officers began approaching Jones, and one of the officers pulled his taser and fired it at Jones. The 29-year-old burst into flames as the officers backed away, providing no assistance. He was taken to a hospital in Syracuse, NY, where he spent 47 days on a ventilator. Doctors said his lungs were so severely burned that he couldn’t absorb oxygen.
“Jason was unarmed, in the police station, and not threatening anyone when the police hit him with 50,000 volts of electrical current and he ignited,” Kevin Luibrand, a lawyer for Jones’ family told reporters. “Instead of helping Jason, the police ran out the room, shut the door and let him burn.”