A park ranger tasered a Native American man after confronting him for strolling outdoors of the paths at a website sacred to some indigenous peoples.
The confrontation occurred at Petroglyph Nationwide Monument in New Mexico on Sunday.
Darrell Home, a US Marine veteran visiting the location to hope, was approached by a park ranger who yelled at him for strolling off the paths.
Mr Home spoke with KOB4 in regards to the confrontation.
“I assume he was upset about me going off path earlier than, you already know, doing my prayers for the rocks,” he mentioned.
Mr Home is a member of the Oneida and Navajo peoples.
He mentioned he ceaselessly visited the location to hope and meditate to honour his ancestors.
Mr Home mentioned he moved off the path to permit walkers to move by, which caught the eye of the ranger. He mentioned at that time the ranger started following him.
In a video recorded by Mr Home, the ranger asks him to establish himself, which he initially refuses to do, after which offers a false identify. The ranger then informed Mr Home if he didn’t produce identification he can be detained.
“I did not see a motive to present my identification. I needn’t inform folks why I am coming there to hope and provides issues in honour to the land. I don’t want permission or consent,” Mr Home informed NBC News. “And I don’t suppose he preferred that very a lot.”
In one other video that his sister shot which circulated on social media, Mr Home is seen on the bottom, shouting for assist, whereas the ranger stands over him. The ranger then deploys his taser, which causes Mr Home to shout in ache.
The ranger calls for Mr Home present his fingers, however Mr Home retains them tucked behind him as he screams in ache.
The wrestle continues because the ranger calls for Mr Home let him handcuff him, which Mr Home resists. The ranger tases the person a number of extra instances earlier than Mr Home permits himself to be handcuffed.
The ranger, who has not been recognized, mentioned Mr Home was being detained as a result of he refused to establish himself.
A spokesman for the National Park Service mentioned the incident was underneath overview by the company’s inside affairs division.
“We take any allegation of wrongdoing very significantly, and admire the general public’s persistence as we collect the info of this incident,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Mr Home mentioned he was arrested and ticketed for interfering with company perform and resisting, strolling off the path, and giving false identification.
In keeping with Mr Home, that is the primary time he has ever had a difficulty with a park ranger. He mentioned he ceaselessly conducts spiritual ceremonies on the website, like providing tobacco or stirring sage.
“We don’t have a set time, we don’t have set locations, we don’t have buildings, and we don’t have issues constructed to worship. Nature is what we have been worshipping … and defending it has at all times been our job,” he mentioned. “I’m Native, you already know, I’ve rights to this land. I’ve rights off the path.”