TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Everytime Michelle Mastrototaro looks at the video of her son David being tased by Tampa Police Thursday night in Ballast Point Park while playing Pokemon Go, it breaks her heart.
“I can’t help him and he’s staying because over Pokemon, I mean seriously cops, Pokemon?,” said Michelle Mastrototaro.
Police said someone complained about people in the park after hours and when they responded, officers told the roughly 150 people to leave. Everyone was headed out, but they said, Mastrototaro wouldn’t.
He was with his aunt who got him into the car, but police said, he got back out.
“The officer continued to ask the suspect to get on the ground numerous times, which the suspect just refused to do so, which resulted in him being tased,” said Janelle McGregor with Tampa Police.
Mastrototaro’s mother said they didn’t have to do that.
“These cops gotta stop,” she said. “I mean someone can yap yap yap, but he’s not attacking you.”
Ballast Point Park is a Pokemon hot-spot. Pokemon enthusiasts go there every night. In Irving Texas, police put together a safety video, as they and law enforcement across the country try to find ways to deal with the Pokemon Go craze and the influx of people roaming around.
They want people to have Pokemon Go fun, without actually ending up in the pokey.
It’s something Michelle wished never happened to her son.
“This is all over Pokemon. I’m gonna sue Pokemon for this and I’m gonna sue Tampa Police,” she said.