Veteran Attacked, His Service Dog Tasered After Angry Woman Wrongly Accused Him of Panhandling
Matt Agorist October 20, 2021
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Gastonia, NC — Joshua Rohrer is an honorably discharged Army veteran who, like tens of thousands of other veterans, is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Afghanistan. As a result of his illness, Rohrer hasn’t been able to hold down a job and is homeless. As panhandling is illegal in the city, Rohrer simply sits on the street and waves to folks as they walk by — which ended last week in a violent encounter with police.
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Huffman explained that after she was tasered, Sunshine took off running and hid in a nearby store.
“[Rohrer] said, ‘My dog! My dog!’” Huffman said. “They took him to the back of the police car and slammed him on the pavement.”
That’s when Conley began filming as more officers arrived on the scene.
“It was really traumatizing,” Conley said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”
When Rohrer bonded out, he told local media that he wasn’t begging for money, despite what the caller said. He was simply sitting there, which is not illegal at all.
“They proceeded to attack me and rough me up and use excessive force what I would consider police brutality,” he said. “I wish that they would have been calm and listen to what I had to say instead of attacking me.”
According to Rohrer’s family, after finding out his dog had been killed, he is not doing well.
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