RPD: "Justifiable Force" in Downtown Tasing Video

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RENO, NV - Reno police say a video posted on Facebook and YouTube of an officer Tasing a woman during a fight in downtown Reno early Sunday, May 24, 2015 "appears to be justifiable use of force."

Police arrested 28-year-old Lena Irene Conway, 26-year-old Joshua Aguilar and 21-year-old Taran David Williams after an altercation near the Reno Arch in downtown Reno.

Two videos shot by witnesses that were posted on the internet show Williams and Aguilar apparently fighting near the Reno Arch. Both videos then show police arriving on the scene, and after breaking up the fight, Conway appears to confront police while holding a possible weapon. As one officer is holding down one of the men involved in the fight, another officer uses his Taser on Conway as she appears to confront the other officer while holding a possible weapon. After being Tased, she then lands on her back.

"It appeared to be a retractable kind of asp which is deadly weapon that can fracture a skull or do some serious damage to someone," said Officer Tim Broadway.

Broadway says alcohol seemed to have been a factor in the altercation. "Generally when you see an extended weekend, like memorial weekend, we do see an increase in DUI incidents and accidents."

Conway was treated by paramedics at the scene and then transported to the Washoe County Jail. She was booked on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Aguilar was booked on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and Williams was booked on giving a false statement and obstruction.

Reno Police Department spokesman Officer Tim Broadway says the investigation is ongoing.


Lena Irene Conway - WCSO
Joshua Aguilar - WCSO
Taran-David-Williams - WCSO