Teen tased by trooper on girlfriend’s porch; experts call it ‘egregious’

Published: Updated:
trooper tases teen
Credit: WINK News

A mother is angry and distraught after what she believes was racial profiling of her son when he was tased before being arrested by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

Trooper George Smyrnios was caught on surveillance video tasing 16-year-old Jack Rodeman more than once on the back deck of the teen’s girlfriend’s home, where he had permission to be.

The surveillance video shows Jack outside of his girlfriend’s Three Oaks community home waiting for her to answer the door after texting her.

According to the report Trooper Smyrnios tased him after “he failed to comply”.

“My girlfriend that lives here is going to come outside. I didn’t do nothing,” Jack said, in the surveillance video.

He told his girlfriend via text, “Great, a state trooper just turned around and followed me,” and she replied “It’s OK. You’re not doing anything wrong,” according to Jack’s mother Kristina Rodeman who read the text messages to us.

*Warning: This video contains strong language.

Copyright ©2024 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.