TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - When Donte Whitner was arrested in Cleveland, the Buffalo BillsSafety made a statement that he's filing a lawsuit.
"I'm filing a lawsuit today," said Donte Whitner.
But police say they had every reason to use force with himoutside a nightclub in Cleveland.
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The Police Statement says, "Officers attempting to control thescene denied Whitner access to the area, at which time he attemptedto force his way past the officers in an aggressive manner."
Police used the taser on Whitner, "Debilitating him enoughthat officers were able to place him in handcuffs."
A taser is a very powerful tool, able to fire 50,000 volts.
When and why would a police officer resort to using it onsomeone?
"They have to put somebody's life in danger either ours maybetheir own," said Patrick Day, Town of Tonawanda Police.
Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Patrick Day says everysituation is different, "It's a split second decisionusually. We'd like to use that taser to try and save thatperson's life rather than have to shoot them," said Day.
Whitner says he was at a birthday party before he was arrested.
When he was asked if it was necessary for police to use ataser on him, "Not at all," was his response.
Still Whitner has expressed regret for the incident.
"I'm sorry you guys have to be here today, but you know, I feellike in the future this thing will come to pass and the truth willcome out, and I will be proven innocent,"Whitner said.
In a statement the Bills say, "We are aware of the report. Atthe present we are attempting to gather all of the facts and willdefer comment until that process is completed."
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