CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The National Action Network is calling for a North Charleston Municipal Court judge to step down after what happened inside his courtroom in late February.
Video shows officers chasing after Jaquez Butler, 22, as he attempts to leave the courtroom while Judge John Duffy was trying to address him during a hearing. Butler was then tased by officers just outside the courtroom doors as they tried to apprehend him.
"I had never been tased before," Jaquez said. "Ever since that day, I've had nightmares. I can't really sleep at night."
Butler claims Duffy ordered his arrest after he began to walk away and reacted by saying, "man". His mother, Jacquiline Butler, claims her son panicked when he saw police officers coming after him because he has a mental disability.
"Some things can be done the right way, ethically correct," Jacquiline said. "And this way was not ethically correct."
Butler's court appearance was in connection with a citation issued January 19 for possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.The incident report states the citation was issued by fallen North Charleston police officer Ryan MacCluen less than a month before his death.
MacCluen, 31, was killed in an off-duty crash on the night of February 15, when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with Whitney Brooks' SUV. Brooks has been charged with felony DUI in connection with MacCluen's death.
Jaqueline Butler wants the case dismissed, claiming other cases were also dismissed on the grounds of MacCluen's "untimely death".
"With respect to his death, the case should have been dismissed but Judge Duffy decided not to at his discretion," Butler said.
The incident report from the courtroom incident stated an officer tried to gain control of Butler before he was tased in the right arm and right side and told to get on the ground,
"That video shows Judge Duffy abusing his power so the National Action Network is asking that Judge Duffy to step down from his position to further investigate this video," Elder James Johnson of the National Action Network said. "We don't think he's capable of trying any more cases because of this disturbing video."
The incident report from January states MacCluen stopped Butler in the area of Ashley Phosphate Road at Northwoods Boulevard because of an expired license plate. MacCluen observed Butler "frantically" moving items around in the glovebox before coming to a stop in the vehicle. Butler advised MacCluen about the marijuana and pistol in the car when asked, according to the incident report. The pistol had a full magazine with a round in the chamber and Butler didn't have a permit for it, the report stated.
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