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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cincinnati officer fired over traffic stop Taser use

December 29, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati police officer has been fired for using a Taser stun gun on a city councilman's daughter.

A police investigator found Officer Anthony Plummer used excessive force and poses "a huge liability risk" to the department and the city.

Celeste Thomas, the 27-year-old daughter of Councilman Cecil Thomas, was zapped during an Aug. 23 traffic stop. An internal police investigation found she was sitting in the vehicle with her feet on the sidewalk and posed no immediate threat to the officer.

Police union president Kathy Harrell says Plummer is appealing his termination, which took effect earlier this month.

The officer also was fired in 2006 following another incident with a Taser. An arbitrator later forced the city to give Plummer his job back.

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