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I-Team: Family claims excessive force used by law enforcement


HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Luzerne County family claims that law enforcement officers used excessive force when they served an arrest warrant on a family member on Monday.

They recorded the incident on their cell phone. It’s video they insist shows at least one officer crossed the line. And that video is going viral.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force were looking for Isaiah McCoy, who was wanted on felony warrants. McCoy’s family says at least one member of the task force used excessive force.

“The police came here, they had said there was a warrant for my husband. I never saw the warrant. They got here, they were already very aggressive,” Shanel McCoy told us.

McCoy and her daughter Shaniece say they could not believe what was happening when law enforcement showed up at their home on Monday. The video was taken by Shaniece on the front porch of the home located on route 940 near Hazleton.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force, which can be comprised of federal, state, and local police officers, were there to arrest Isaiah McCoy as he was wanted on outstanding warrants for multiple charges including fleeing and eluding police and failing to appear for a hearing. He was taken into custody and did not resist.

Shanel says she was trying to protect her family, including her 9 and 11-year-old children.

“It ultimately resulted in them smashing me, pinning me in the corner here against my daughter, putting these handcuffs on me, as you know speaking some things, maybe I shouldn’t have said but the end result she still slammed me on the floor,” explained McCoy.

“It was all shocking to me, a lot to process during that moment. I was really thinking are my brother and sister okay,” said Shaniece Boyd, McCoy’s daughter.

The I-Team spoke with Martin Pane, the United States Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, about the case.

“The officers were there to arrest an individual who was wanted on felony warrants including weapons charges. Officers do not know what they may encounter inside the home and have to secure the scene. The video will be reviewed by the U.S. Marshals office and other law enforcement agencies,” said Pane.

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