The courtroom filled with screams Tuesday as jurors listened to recordings of what happened the night a Georgia Regents University police officer stopped Fredrick L. Gibbons on Wrightsboro Road.
According to the indictment returned nearly one year after the March 1, 2012, traffic stop, Gibbons was charged with felony obstruction. He is accused of causing Public Safety Officer Wesley Martin to shock himself with a stun gun.
Gibbons, 38, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a charge of obstruction of an officer. His trial continues today.
On the tapes played Tuesday, Gibbons screams in pain after Martin reaches through Gibbons’ driver’s side window and repeatedly zaps Gibbons with the stun gun while screaming at him to “open the door.”
Martin and other GRU officers who testified Tuesday said they were trained to use the stun gun but it wasn’t working on Gibbons because he wouldn’t open the car door. Martin denied knowing that the stun gun incapacitates a target so that he cannot control his limbs.
Martin said Gibbons rolled up the car window, trapping Martin’s hand and causing him to shock himself.
Martin testified he didn’t recognize Gibbons until he walked up to the vehicle.
Eighteen months earlier, Martin had pulled over Gibbons driving an unregistered vehicle. The charge was dismissed because Gibbons, a used car dealer, had a valid dealer’s paper tag. Gibbons filed a formal complaint against Martin.
Martin told the jury Tuesday that he pulled Gibbons over March 1, 2012, because there was no tag on the vehicle. But defense attorney Victor Hawk played a tape recording Tuesday during which the dispatch operator is told the Lincoln has a paper tag.
The director of the tax commissioner’s license tags division testified that it is legal for a person to drive on a dealer’s paper tag.