Cop Watch

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Officer Suspended For Using Taser Inappropriately

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A police officer at a high school was punished for twice using his Taser inappropriately, including one time when five school baseball players asked him to shock them and he obliged.

The 29-hour suspension against Officer Michael Branch was issued Friday.

It came after an internal affairs investigation determined Branch erred in shocking the five Lakeland High School players and stunning two students who wouldn't get out of his way as he tried to break up a fight.

This comes not long after a previous incident involving the use of a taser on a thirteen year old girl in handcuffs: SEE BELOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An officer has been suspended for zapping a 13-year-old girl at least twice with a stun gun while she was handcuffed in his caged patrol car.

An internal report by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Llahsmin Lynn Kallead was handcuffed and in the back seat of the patrol car when Officer G.A. Nelson stunned her, the Florida Times-Union reported for Tuesday editions.

Nelson and his partner had been called to the apartment Kallead shares with her mother Rosie Vaughan because they were fighting Feb. 7.

Vaughan wanted police to help get medical help for her daughter, who had been hospitalized for observation in the past for emotional disorders, the newspaper said.

Nelson, a 6-foot-2 officer weighing 300 pounds, allegedly used the low-setting stun mode when the 4-foot-8 Kallead wormed the handcuffs from behind her back and would not do as directed. "The situation was under control at this point," the internal report said.

Sgt. D.E. Smith, who was called to the scene, said, "Please don't tell me this is the person you Tased."