February 19, 2008
Outside a Maryland high school gym last Wednesday, sophomore Brandon Bennett got into a small altercation with a fellow student. It was after a basketball game and tempers were high, but the the two were separated by officials and students without much problem. Only then did things get really violent.
According to Julius Bennett, the student’s father, Deputy Anthony Lenzi fired a Taser at his son after being told twice by a senior officer it was not necessary.
“He left two puncture wounds just above his heart in his chest,” says Bennett. “And [Brandon] said to me that he was in quite a bit of pain because he could feel electric shocks going throughout his whole body.”
The father says he has written proof Sgt. Mathew Kempel twice ordered Lenzi to holster the weapon, but Lenzi fired anyway, hitting the teen in the chest.
“Brandon did absolutely nothing wrong,” says Bennett, “and there was no reason to use that type of force on my son.”
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office says Lenzi has been reassigned to internal duties while authorities investigate the allegations. Bennett is hoping fair punishment is given.
“I will not be satisfied until I know that Deputy Lenzi will be in a position to never to this to anyone else’s child ever again.”