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Gresham Police Criticized For Tasing Homeless

(Gresham, OR) -- Gresham Police are being criticized for using a taser, repeatedly, on a homeless man. It happened at Cheap Charlie's Beer and Wine Superstore last month. It was captured on video surveillance and several business owners say the police overreacted. They told officers that 59-year-old Ronnie Amato is schizophrenic and wasn't causing a problem. Amato was lying on the floor and refused officer's commands to turn onto his face, so they could take him into custody. Amato was tased several times. A Gresham Homeless Services worker said he was assaulted by Amato, but the business owners say that didn't happen.

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