Cop Watch

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Deputy disciplined for Taser use at party

A Collier County sheriff’s deputy who used his Taser stun device twice on a friend at a party and then placed the stun gun’s laser sights on his ex-wife and another man at the same party has been disciplined, internal affairs reports say.

Cpl. Randy Baum, a 19-year veteran of the agency who works in the bailiff’s bureau, was given a written reprimand and removed from his position as a Taser instructor for conduct unbecoming a deputy for inappropriately using the Taser.

Baum’s former wife took photographs of Baum using the Taser, including a photo of the man who was Tasered leaping forward from the shock.

Tasers send 50,000 volts of electricity through the body and are used to subdue suspects who struggle with officers.