Cops taser woman for resisting arrest after trying to buy too many iPhones

“A local family says a language barrier may have resulted in police using a Taser on a woman after she tried to buy too many iPhones at a local mall. Police, however, say the incident isn’t that clear cut,” WCVB reports. “Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday’s Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident.”

“Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday’s Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident,” WCVB reports. “‘So my mom says she don’t know why they called the police, because she doesn’t understand what they are talking about,’ her 12-year-old daughter Jiao Jay said. Jay said her mother bought two iPhones last Friday, and was told that was the limit. When she took video of others she claimed were buying more, the store manager asked her to leave.”

“The confrontation involving the Taser happened when Li went to the store on Monday to pick up two iPhones she ordered online,” WCVB reports. “‘The management of the store asked us to have her removed. The officer approached her, told her she wasn’t welcome in the store, and she refused to leave,’ Nashua Police Capt. Bruce Hansen said. Police say the store had issued a stay-away order against Li.”

WCVB reports, “A video posted on YouTube shows Li and police officers on the floor outside the Apple store at the Nashua mall. The crackle of the Taser and Li’s screams can be heard on the video. “Hansen said the woman had been resisting arrest for about 15 minutes before a second officer arrived at the scene. The 44-year-old mother of two was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest… ‘She wasn’t mistreated in any way. If she left the store when she was told to leave the store, it would’ve been done at that. She was told she was under arrest after repeatedly being told to leave the store. She didn’t submit to the arrest. The officer used the Taser on her to get her to submit to the arrest,’ Hansen said.”

See the video in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: At the Microsoft Store, they use the Taser to get you to buy their phones.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “lawrence” for the heads up.]


  1. I hope Miss Li is a US citizen, if she is a Chinese citizen that could bring the end of Apple Store chain expansion plans in China. Apple’s explanation better be good, some unexpected delays of getting various permits can follow. It also depends how this story spreads on Weibo and Youku.

    All I can say is, good luck to that Apple Store manager, lets hope Miss Li is not related to anybody who has political power in China or any other connections.

  2. I don’t understand why so manny feel that the situation warranted less force because of the subject’s sex and age. A 44 year-old woman has teeth, nails, knees, elbows, perhaps high heels. Couple that with a bad attitude, and you’ve got a problem. She disobeyed every request that was made of her, every instruction she was given and actively and physically resisted arrest. If one of the cops had cold-cocked her and her clueless boyfriend went crying to the media with photos of her swollen face and black eye you’d all be screaming bloody murder. She deserved every volt.

    Here’s the other thing. When her boyfriend was asked why she had $16,000.00 on her person at the time of her arrest, he claimed not to know. Yeah, right. She claimed she was buying the phones for her family, but we all know she’s a re-seller. Why else would she have put up such a stink?

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