Police forcibly remove man from plane in Miami

A passenger on an American Airlines plane was tasered and arrested on Sunday.

April 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

An unruly passenger was arrested after he was shot with a stun gun and forcibly removed from a flight in Miami on Sunday.

The Chicago-bound American Airlines plane sat at a gate at Miami International Airport Sunday for more than an hour due to the disturbance, according to a statement from the airline.

Video posted on Twitter taken by another passenger shows a man, identified by authorities as Jacob Garcia of Chicago, getting held down and shot several times by a Taser held by one of three Miami-Dade police officers. Garcia asks why he is getting removed from the plane, and an officer responds: "You just assaulted a lady."

Jacob Garcia, a passenger on an American Airlines flight bound for Chicago was removed following a disagreement with another passenger on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Miami-Dade Department of Corrections via AP

The incident began when Garcia allegedly touched a female passenger "without her permission" and then refused the crew's request that he move to another seat, according to a police report.

He allegedly was asked by crew and police to deplane, but instead clung to his seat, the police report said. An officer deployed a Taser after warning Garcia he was about to engage.

"Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The same passenger was subsequently arrested," according to the airline.

All other passengers remained on the plane.

The flight departed an hour later than scheduled and reached Chicago's O'Hare airport early Monday morning.

ABC News’ Ben Stein, Becky Perlow and Chad Murray contributed to this report.

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