Dynamo Fan Gets Tased at Game (VIDEO)
In its five-plus years of existence, the raucous folks of El Batallon -- one of four longstanding support groups that show up to Houston Dynamo home matches (and sometimes away games) -- had never gone to the media.
Things aren't all peachy in new-stadium land, says an El Batallon member.
That's changed since one of their boys got the stun-gun treatment during the Dynamo's tussle with the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday, May 26, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
"It was hot on Saturday," says Martin Flores, an El Battalon homie since 2007 who witnessed the incident. "Like really hot, so at halftime, Javier [not his real name] went and soaked his shirt in the sink. When he came back, he sprinkled some water on Eric [also not his real name] to cool him off. Eric was caught by surprise so he threw his hand up."
Two Houston Police Department officers, sensing some sort of unruly behavior, came down the steps to check out the situation. Javier and Eric explained to the cops that they were just horsing around and even gave each other a man hug to show the officers that everything was chill.
"That didn't work, so the cops told them to follow them up the stairs," says Flores. "In the concourse, Alex Sosa, who's a hyper and passionate guy, ran into Javier and Eric and asked the cops what happened. The cops told him to step away, but Alex kept asking questions."
That's when things got aggressive, says Flores. With Sosa against the wall and his hands behind his back, an HPD officer discharged a taser into Sosa's side. Flores, who says that Sosa "wasn't even fighting back," captured some footage of the episode.
Since the incident, HPD has admitted that a stun gun was used on Sosa.