Protesters want charges against trooper in Taser-ATV crash

Posted at 3:08 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:08:32-04

Protesters are calling for the prosecution of a Michigan State Police trooper who fired his Taser at a teenager before the 15-year-old crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died.

The Rev. David Alexander Bullock was among three pastors who led a peaceful protest by about 50 people Friday outside the Detroit Police headquarters. The Detroit News reports he called on Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to "expeditiously" bring charges against Trooper Mark Bessner.

State police have said Bessner pursued Grimes after he ignored an order to stop, then shot the teen with a Taser. The boy drove over a curb and struck a pickup.

Bessner's attorney has said the trooper had to make a "split-second decision" under tough circumstances.

Bessner is suspended while authorities investigate the Aug. 26 incident in Detroit.