TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Tybee Island Police Chief James Price issued a statement Monday regarding his officers' Tasing of an autistic teen on the island Friday night.
Price also released the reports taken by officers in regard to Friday's incident. In one of the reports, the officer writes that 18-year-old Clifford Grevemberg said he had been drinking. Grevemberg says he was Tased twice and thrown to the ground, breaking one of his front teeth and leaving scrapes on his face and knee.
Price's statement reads in part:
"I believe that the reports accurately portray what the officers involved were experiencing. As you read them, please try to keep in mind the conditions under which the officers were working. The area was the center of the activities that followed the end of the Beach Bum Parade, a rowdy, raucous event dominated by the consumption of adult beverages and disorderly activities. The officers had no way of knowing that Mr. Grevemberg was autistic and unable to converse in a normally sociable manner with other adults. He showed many of the characteristics of an intoxicated person. He was a foot taller than both of the involved officers. He became violent for no obvious reason. The officer with the Taser ended the fight and prevented further injuries to Mr. Grevemberg and to the officers themselves.
"We are sincerely apologetic for the injuries suffered by Mr. Grevemberg. We are also sorry that he was left unattended under the circumstances described above. As his case finds its way through the justice system, we are certain the judge will take into account any and all mitigating circumstances in rendering his decision."