"The man refused to release the child back to the mother who was also asking for the child back," the Westland Police Department said in a statement. "At that time the police officers on scene felt that a close quarters direct Taser deployment directly to the subject’s back was the safest option. The video shows that during the deployment the child was also in the hands of the mother."
"We were just barbecuing, and we saw the cops come up," neighbor Kelvin Williams told WXYZ. "They came up and asked us who was fighting. We were like, 'You got the wrong house.'
“At that point, my friend Ray got a little agitated like ‘You’re coming over to my house, my property and you're asking me about something I don’t know about.’”
Williams told WXYZ he decided to record video on his cellphone.
In the video, officers told Brown he was going to be arrested.
“Get the baby out of here. Get the baby out of here,” a Westland officer is heard saying.
In the video, Skidmore attempted to take the child when Brown was tased, WXYZ reported.
“I had to catch the baby," Skidmore told the television station. "I was in the street talking with the cops. I had to come over. The Taser is on this side of him, and the baby is over here. As soon as they start Tasing him the baby flew out of his hands and I had to grab him, or he would have fell.”
Brown was arrested, WWJ reported. The baby was not injured, the radio station reported.