Councilman Tasered in Town Where Sandra Bland Was Arrested

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A councilman was Tasered Thursday in an incident involving the same deputy who arrested Sandra Bland, the woman who died in jail days after being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change.

The councilman, Jonathan Miller, was stunned Thursday night in front of his Prairie View, Texas, house, and arrested. The incident was caught on video.

Prairie View police said four men were being questioned about drug activity in the area when Miller, 26, interfered with the investigation. Many of the men being questioned were guests at his home, reported NBC affiliate KPRC.

Prairie View, Texas, councilman Jonathan Miller
Prairie View, Texas, councilman Jonathan Millervia KPCR

"Officer, please do not put your hands on me!" Miller, 26, begs at one point in the video. "I live here."

A male and a female officer tell him repeatedly to put his hands behind his back. When he refuses, they Taser him, causing the councilman to cry out in pain and curse as he falls to the ground.

“Oh yeah, he’s going to jail for resisting,” an officer says.

Miller was charged with interference and resisting arrest and booked at the Waller County jail. He got out on bond Friday morning.

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The female officer was involved in the July arrest of Bland, the black woman who died in her jail cell three days after she got pulled over, police said. Miller is also black.

Prairie View city councilman Jonathan Miller is tasered by police in front of his home in this still from a cellphone video.
Prairie View city councilman Jonathan Miller is tasered by police in front of his home in this still from a cellphone video.Brandon Woodson / via Click2Houston.com

"We have six police officers. The probability of having the same officer involved in multiple types of incidences is probable," Prairie View Chief of Police Larry Johnson said. "I haven't seen anything that gave me any cause for concern as far as this officers conduct at this point."

Bland's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against other authorities.

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