Excessive force victim: "I didn't know what was going to happen"

Victim of excessive force speaks

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -- Paige Taylor will never forget March 25th, 2016.

“I didn't know what was going to happen that day,” she said.

“I was just like...what did I do to get tackled basically?”

Pinellas County deputy Wayne Wagner pulled over her boyfriend and arrested him for driving with a suspended license. Yet, video shows she ended up being the one tackled and aggressively arrested.

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“I didn't do anything to him at all, not even verbally.”

On Friday, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri released dash cam video even she and her attorney hadn't seen.

Her lawyer, Chris Beardslee, said the state offered her a plea deal. She said no way, risking a trial and potential jail time.

“When he radioed 'I'm in a fight', she calmly responded you're not in a fight. When he first threw her to the ground and her face hit the pavement, she asked 'what are you doing?'” Beardslee said.

“He demonstrated on the video to other officers that this was this big two-hand shove and she reached violently. None of that happened. But, without the video in this case, it would've been very difficult to prove that. 

Paige is 26-year-old and has never been in trouble. This incident rocked her life and she says she was even ordered to stay in Pinellas County for three months after it happened. Eventually, the charges against her were dropped.

“I felt like it was like a great -- you know like a boulder, not even a rock, but a boulder off of my chest,” she said.

Now, Wagner could be the one facing charges.

“I would like him to be because as I was in that scenario they were pinning to charge me.”


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