Teen Tased, Arrested for Disorderly Conduct
Incident occurred after teen was questioned regarding property damage in the neighborhood.
Gwinnett County Police were called to the Dacula neighborhood after a homeowner saw three males breaking off fence post toppers. An officer spotted three males matching the description given by the homeowner. Two of the males were carrying “private residence” signs. When the officer stopped to question the teens, one of the males, later identified as 17-year-old Joseph O’Donovan, reportedly asked the officer what authority he had to prevent them from leaving. The officer explained the three teens were being detained for the purpose of investigating the reported property damage.
According to the police report, O’Donovan refused to provide his name or date of birth. In the report, the officer wrote that O’Donovan called him an “obviously uneducated person” and asked if the officer was a Christian or believed in “some other sort of false religion.”
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“He stated I wasn’t used to someone that wasn’t afraid of my authority. That all I had was a badge and a gun,” the officer wrote. “He stated that he didn’t have to tell me a thing.”
O’Donovan allegedly used profanity throughout the conversation. The officer advised O’Donovan to stop cursing in public to which O’Donovan reportedly replied, “What you gunna [sic] do arrest me, point your gun at me?”
“Mr. O’Donovan continued on about how I was just doing mindless things, harassing kids walking home from the skate park and that he didn’t think police officers belonged in society,” the officer noted in the arrest report.