VIDEO: Judge Says 'You Can't Tase Me,' Cop Responds 'TASER TASER TASER'

Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen was placed on administrative leave after his arrest in April.

Mount Kisco, NY – A Bedford judge has been removed from the bench after refusing to cooperate with Westchester County police during a drunk-driving arrest in April (video below).

Recently released dashcam footage included a 911 recording from a female motorist who reported that she witnessed a silver Mercedes “swerving all over the road” on Saw Mill River Parkway, TAPinto reported.

The call came in at approximately 11:54 p.m. on April 21, according to The Journal News.

“First, he was in the middle of an intersection during a red light,” the woman told the 911 operator. “Now he keeps swerving over the white line into the edge and swerving back the other way.”

The driver of the Mercedes, later identified as 54-year-old Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen, turned off onto Kisco Avenue in Mount Kisco, where Westchester County Police Officer Mathieu Ricozzi and Ahmed Bitawi began following him, TAPinto reported.

As the officers trailed behind Jacobsen in their cruiser, they watched him swerve over the centerline and commit various other traffic violations, according to Officer Bitawi’s report.

They subsequently pulled the judge over on South Bedford Road just before midnight.

Jacobsen told the officers that he was coming from Yonkers, the video showed.

While the judge rummaged for his license and registration, one of the officers asked him if he had consumed any alcohol that night.

Jacobsen claimed he hadn’t been drinking.

He also said he didn’t have a copy of his vehicle registration other than the sticker label on his windshield.

“Alright then,” the officer said. “Do me a favor and step out of the car please.”

“No,” the judge responded. “I will not.”

The officer then opened the driver’s side door, and again ordered Jacobsen to get out of the vehicle.

“I will not,” the judge said again.

After issuing multiple commands to get out of the vehicle, the officer told Jacobsen that the other option would be for him to remove him from the car.

“You can if you want,” the judge replied.

The officer explained that he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him, but Jacobsen insisted that the officer hadn’t.

“Well, you don’t,” the judge concluded. “Thank you.”

The officer then asked Jacobsen how much alcohol he had consumed.

“Nothing. Thank you,” he responded.

The judge continued to thank the officer, but still refused to get out of the vehicle.

Jacobsen gripped the steering wheel as the officers tried to pull him from the SUV, ignoring dozens of requests to surrender peacefully, TAPinto reported.

“Holy mackerel. This is unbelievable,” the judge said. “You’re gonna have to hurt me…Holy s--t, that is terrible.”

“I don’t want to hurt you,” Officer Bitawi responded.

“You’re making a huge mistake,” Jacobsen told the officers.

One of the officers finally warned the judge that he would be tased if he didn’t comply.

“I’m doing nothing,” Jacobsen responded. “You can’t tase me.”

The officer deployed his Taser, striking the judge, and yanked him out of the SUV onto the ground.

But Jacobsen refused to put his hands behind his back, and continued to resist arrest, TAPinto reported.

One of the officers struck the judge in the neck area four times, at which point Jacobsen collapsed onto the pavement, the video showed.

He was placed into handcuffs while the winded officers waited for additional units to arrive.

The judge began muttering expletives at the officers as they got him to his feet and led him to a patrol vehicle.

Jacobsen was transported to Northern Westchester Hospital, and later submitted to a toxicology blood test, TAPinto reported.

He was subsequently charged with resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.

“Westchester County Police hold themselves to the highest standard,” the Westchester County Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a statement. “In certain occasions levels of force may increase depending on circumstances. Unfortunately, that was the case here.”

Even after being taken to the ground, Jacobsen “continued to resist and refuse to allow the officers to place him in handcuffs,” DPS said. “The next level of force became necessary in order to make a lawful arrest.”

The department said that the officers’ use of force during the altercation with the judge was justified.

“The officers’ actions were a justifiable use of force and were a direct result of the subject’s lengthy and physical efforts to resist arrest,” DPS concluded.

The Unified Court System of New York State removed Jacobsen from the bench the day after his arrest, and he remains on administrative leave, TAPinto reported.

His next court hearing is scheduled for August.

You can watch dashcam footage of the officers’ altercation with Jacobsen in the video below. Officers are able to get him out shortly after the 7 minute mark.

Comments (40)
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pixiepup
pixiepup

I hope they fire him!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Hope this one doesn't suck the taxpayers for nearly two years like that female judge up in Albany.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Give those cops a raise.

EllieK47
EllieK47

He was an idiot!!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I thought the police only did that to black americans???

Ace17
Ace17

Great article Holly 🙂💙

Katarina
Katarina

How disgusting! Might explain why some judges are so lenient with their sentences when they are guilty of the same or similar charges they are hearing. How could someone so uncooperative and telling lies be impartial in any case they preside over. Time for him to be removed as a judge and disbarred as well. The entire justice system needs to be monitored closely and offenders removed. The only way to keep the justice system fair and impartial.

MSK
MSK

“Camera, camera, camera” Must be a liberal judge out for a night on the town.

JBo
JBo

How did that entitled status work for ya?

Blkjk6
Blkjk6

Administrative leave...means he still gets a paycheck. :o(

LEO0301
LEO0301

"You can't tase me" Alrighty then...

Lochemet
Lochemet

I wonder if this "judge" requires (required) those who testify in his courtroom to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth..."

Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

Kick him off the bench!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Don't ever say to the police anything that starts with...."You can't.....".!

DarrellB
DarrellB

This just too rich to pass up . Here is a quote for the judge who was a partner with the Bedford Drug and Alcohol Council that he frequently asked to appear in his court.

"He believes that if you catch an issue early through evaluation and available services, education, rehabilitation, and community service, you stand a chance of helping a young person right the wrong, and not harm their academic record or choice of college."

He is just a over privileged Judge that believed the law did not apply to him. It is surprising to hear so many Democrat lines coming from a life long Republican.

OldVet
OldVet

He thinks he is entitled.

shayrae
shayrae

Think you're above the law much? How's that working for you now? Nice vehicle, hope it goes on the auction block.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think a lot will turn on what the Judge's BAC actually was here. If he was over the limit (and he probably was) then he is toast. If he was well under the limit then that will tend to cast a different light on the officers' eagerness to taser and punch in the head.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

DRUNK JUDGE, ALL OVER THE ROAD, RESISTS, GETS HIS FAT ASS TASED

Forcibly Extracted, Punched In The Head Too -Serves Him Right

👮😂

BAHAHAHAHA!! This one made my day.

Nothing quite so entertaining as watching a pompous ass get what’s coming to him.

Really surprised he didn’t pull out that all time favorite line of those in power trying to worm out of a big mess -

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM??

No, this one try’s to intimidate with the threat, “you’re making a big mistake.”

Wrong! YOU made the big mistake driving drunk and resisting arrest YOUR HONOR!

BAHAHAHAHA!! 😂

mauiisl
mauiisl

Entitled prick.

Alcohol contributed but this lump would have given them crap sober or drunk. Glad he was lit up, hope he ends up as a WalMart greeter.

Mic911
Mic911

Stupidity 101!!! Never tell a cop you can't tase me...he will tase you

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What an entitled POS!!! Fire his sorry ass!!!

61mouse
61mouse

If I were the cops TRYING to pull him out of the car, I'd be embarrassed 2 young ones couldn't pull out a drunk judge

61mouse
61mouse

The Unified Court System of New York State removed Jacobsen .....?????? So why can't they do this when a judge let's killers go with no bail ??

61mouse
61mouse

If he was black there would have been 50 videos out there, and the officers would have been fired

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Why is it people who get elected to an office or City Council or a judge who think they are above the law. Too big for their britches. DUI's are not a simple traffic ticket, driving while drunk is dangerous not only to the driver but every other motorist. The judge should've known this! I hope whoever his judge is comes down hard on him.

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

Sorry to ask, but why THIS particular Judge????? This looks to be like city gov "set up', but maybe, it's all to the good, because today's so-called 'judges', are RATS anyway, and somebody should definitely take THEM down!

Rosalund
Rosalund

I heard them ask him if he wanted to go to the hospital. He said yes.

Chaplain  Five  O
Chaplain Five O

When the judge said “You can’t tase me!” The Officer should have responded “I’ll be the JUDGE of that .”😆

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

"DON'T TASE ME BRO"

Misery
Misery

What a arrogant whole he is. Job well Done by the Officers!!