But what happened next is now the focus of an internal affairs investigation.
“The officer ran toward Mr. Hughes and attempted to get him off the fence but was unsuccessful. Apparently, Mr. Hughes' momentum pulled him over the fence and he slipped out of the officer’s hands,” Helgerson said.
“Jaylin is afraid of police. He didn’t want to have any problems,” said Hughes’ uncle, Sidney Hughes. "I’m having problems trying to understand how a minor incident leaves a kid paralyzed.”
The teenager’s family is calling on investigators to release video from a body camera.
“I want all the facts brought out,” Sidney Hughes said. “He’s 19, so he’s prone to make 19-year-old mistakes but nothing out of the ordinary. He’s no gangster, no thug or anything like that.”
WSB was denied an open records request to the police department for body camera footage because of the ongoing investigation.
Hughes is charged with obstruction of justice and possession of marijuana.
Police officials said the officer who deployed his Taser remains on active duty, stating there is no evidence that a crime was committed, which is why they have not requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Officials also said the internal investigation will focus on policies and procedures.