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North Carolina Teen Tasered 3 Times During Court Sentencing

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Mug shot of Freeman Franklin Payton III. (credit: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Freeman Franklin Payton III. (credit: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office)

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SALISBURY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – One Salisbury teen proved that getting shocked by a Taser three separate times for causing a scene in court is as easy as “one, two, three.”

Freeman Franklin Payton III, 19, was Tasered three times on Tuesday after he refused to calm down and follow orders during his sentencing for a probation violation.

When Payton was sentenced to a 45-day active service on Tuesday morning as a result of a recent probation violation, the teen disagreed with the ruling.

“Hold up, time out, that’s beat up!” he screamed in the courtroom, according to a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office police report.

Police ordered Payton to go to his holding cell. But when Payton refused to do so and continued to scream and outright question the sentencing, a county bailiff shocked him with a Taser, according to the report.

Having been settled down from the Taser usage, police escorted Payton to his holding cell and ordered him to empty his pockets and sit on the bench inside the cell. Payton would refuse and became combative, according to police. He would be shocked a second time.

“Okay, no more,” he said to police after being shocked with a Taser, according to the police report.

As it turned out, the third time would wind up being the charm. Shortly after the second shocking, Payton would again refuse to sit down on the bench, and would jump up and begin yelling at police, according to the report. Payton was then shocked by a Taser for a third time.

Payton remains in custody on a probation violation, according to jail records. He recently celebrated his 19th birthday on New Year’s Eve.

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