Five officers struggled with a man who had been trespassed from Ingles before finally getting him under control last Saturday.
According to Madison Police Department reports, officers had criminally trespassed Eric Bernard Austin, 54, Union City, Ga., from Ingles on Friday, Sept. 3, after employees at Ingles complained that Austin was aggressively pan handling in front of the store.
The following day, Austin returned to Ingles and was again sitting in front of the store when a Madison Police officer approached at approximately 10:30 a.m. and reminded him that he had been trespassed from the location.
Reports state that when the officer attempted to arrest Austin and place him in handcuffs he became combative. Two officers struggled to contain Austin, using taser weapons on at least two occasions that “had no effect on him in helping get him under control,” reports state. During the struggle, officers requested immediate backup.
Two Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived as well as a Georgia State Patrol trooper who “all struggled to get Austin in handcuffs,” reports state. At one point during the struggle, Austin allegedly grabbed one of the officer’s taser weapons and attempted to take it away.
Officers continued to attempt to stun Austin and eventually were able to secure him in handcuffs behind his back. EMS was called and checked on Austin who also suffered from cuts and scratches, as did several officers, from the pavement. He was then transported to the Morgan County Detention Center and was charged with two counts of obstruction of law enforcement officers and one count of criminal trespass.