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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Manatee County sergeant suspended for using taser on inmate

MANATEE COUNTY - A Manatee County Sheriff's sergeant who works in the jail has been suspended for using his taser on an inmate.

Surveillance video released today by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office shows Sergeant Donald McGowan using his taser on inmate Mia Barnes.

According to an internal report, Barnes was in jail for a misdemeanor charge. When she got to the jail she threw her shoes and refused to follow orders, so the deputy used his taser on her. She fought with the deputy and he tasered her two more times.

An investigation found that the first use of the taser was not justified.

The deputy was given a 43-hour suspension without pay, lost vacation time and has to be retrained on the use of a taser.

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