A video that shows police tasering a suspected shoplifter has prompted complaints that officers used too much force in subduing an older man.

The incident began on Friday afternoon when security guards at the Wal-Mart in Lakeside pursued a man they thought stole from the store. Lakeside police chased the suspect across the street into Wheat Ridge to a dumpster where he was hiding.

A bystander videotaped the suspect emerging from behind the dumpster when police attempted to force his arms behind his back.

“I just pulled out my phone and started recording,” Pete Ortega said. His video was posted to Facebook, where some commenters said it was clear the police should have used more discretion.

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