“I guess he was upset about me going off trail before, you know, doing my prayers for the rocks,” says veteran
Disturbing video from Albuquerque, New Mexico, taken Sunday at the Petroglyph National Monument shows a park ranger repeatedly tasing a Native American man for walking off the trail.
Native American and Marine veteran Darrell House had been walking his dog at the national monument and went just off the trail to pray.
“I go there to pray. I bring my sage. I do my prayers. I harvest dirt from the area for ceremonies,” House said.
That’s when the park ranger arrived and tased House multiple times as he screamed for help in confusion.
“This park ranger started following me, and he came out of nowhere and he got upset about that. I guess he was upset about me going off trail before, you know, doing my prayers for the rocks.”
After the video went viral, the National Park Service issued the following statement to KOB 4:
“This incident is under review and has been referred to our internal affairs unit for a thorough investigation. We take any allegation of wrongdoing very seriously, and appreciate the public’s patience as we gather the facts of this incident.”