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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2 officers in child taser incident back on job

April 20, 2010
ABC News

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- Two central Indiana police officers suspended after allegedly slapping and shocking an unruly 10-year-old boy with a Taser gun are back on the job.

Martinsville police Capt. William Jennings and patrolman Darrel Johnson were reinstated with limited desk duties Monday by a city disciplinary panel, pending the results of a Morgan County Sheriff's Department investigation.

City attorney Roger Coffin said that while state law allows an unpaid suspension for five days, it would not be prudent to suspend the officers without pay without due process.

The officers were called March 30 to a day care center where the boy hit, kicked and spit on a caretaker. Police say the officers slapped and shocked the child after he kicked one officer as they tried to restrain him.

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