Possible Criminal Charges for Kid-Tasing Officers

by Staff on April 10, 2010

in State

Martinsville, Indiana, officials have decided to hold off on taking any further action against the two police officers accused of slapping and tasing a 10-year-old boy.

According to Martinsville city attorney Roger Coffin, the Martinsville Board of Public Works and Safety cannot take any disciplinary action against either Captain William Jennings or Patrolman Darrel Johnson at this time.

Coffin stated that no disciplinary action can be taken against them until criminal charges are either filed or dismissed, according to state law.  The Martinsville Police Department is conducting their own investigation into the brutality to see if they violated any department regulations.  The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the possible criminal charges.

Detective Sergeant Brent Worth is conducting the MCSD’s investigation, which should be finished by April 16th, said Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard.

For those who aren’t aware, the two officers responded to a call from a Martinsville day care where, it was reported, a 10-year-old boy was out of control.  Captain Jennings is alleged to have struck the boy in the mouth while Patrolman Johnson is accused of shocking the child on his should with his department-issued Taser.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave with pay.  Last Monday, Mayor Deckard changed their status to “administrative leave without pay”, citing new evidence in his decision.

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