Lawyers demand answers for Tanisha White, woman tased in eye by police officer

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Tanisha white shared that at times it’s hard to look at herself in the mirror.

“I don’t know what I’m going to look like, I feel ugly. I can hear my father saying…*crying*…Hey Nish look at those big ole pretty eyes,” White said as she struggled to put her feelings into words.

On November 5th, 2018, White says Winnfield police officer, Justin Curry tased her in the eye.

“Words can’t describe it, nothing can describe being blind,” she recounted. 

White has lost total sight in her right eye and will have to get it removed in April. Every day since the incident she has hoped and prayed for her vision in that eye to come back.

Back in December, White’s lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Winnfield Police Department.

This is afer they indicated that the department failed to respond to their public records request asking for the initial police report, body cam footage, and the 911 call.

“I have not received a call, I have not received a letter a text, an email, any kind of correspondence,” said one of White’s lawyers Christopher Murrell.

“This is not the first time the Winnfield Police Department has had a tasing incident,” said another one of White’s lawyers Ronald Haley. 

Back in 2008, a Winnfield police officer was fired after tasing 21-year-old Baron “Scooter” Pikes, nine times…killing him. White and her lawyers agree that they just want justice.

“Ms. White deserves justice, her family deserved justice and her community deserves justice,” said lawyer Jamie Gontarek. 

“Nobody deserves this, white, black, Asian,” said White. 

White’s lawyers say they’re waiting to hear back in regards to their lawsuit and public records request.

Winnfield police has not gotten back with us in response to these claims and Louisiana State Police report that the investigation is onoing.

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