BRADENTON -- A homeless man was Tasered when he resisted arrest, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Ronald Zerr, 50, was arrested Tuesday and charged with resisting arrest without violence, according to his arrest report. Zerr remains in custody at the Manatee County jail.
At about 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Zerr was stopped by police because he fit the description of a burglary suspect. When he was stopped, officers realized he had an open can of beer in his pocket, violating city ordinance.
The officer investigating the burglary went to follow-up with the victim in order to determine if Zerr was the suspect. Meanwhile, two other officers waited with Zerr and asked him to sit on the curb.
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Zerr attempted to get up but one of the officers told him to remain seated or he would be detained in handcuffs while they investigated, the report stated. When he attempted to get up again several minutes later, the officer stopped him.
When the officer was attempting to handcuff Zerr, he told him several times to put his hands behind his back. Zerr clasped his hands in a way to prevent the officers from handcuffing him, and the officers warned him to release his hands or the Taser would be used.
Zer failed to release his hands and continued to resist, so the officer Tasered and he was then handcuffed, according to the report.