Ohio Chief Quits After Officer Uses Taser on Accused Truant, 9


Embattled Mount Sterling, Oh., police Chief Mike McCoy announced he will soon resign, though he insisted it has nothing to do with the fact that one of his officers shocked a 9-year-old boy twice with a Taser last week, reports the Columbus Dispatch. McCoy was placed on paid leave last week after he did not tell Mount Sterling Mayor Charlie Neff of the Taser incident. After a closed-door meeting between his attorney and village officials, McCoy read a statement that said the village's declining budget keeps him from doing his job.

In the meantime, the entire part-time police force remains disbanded and the Madison County sheriff's office will patrol the village. The taser incident occurred after a town police officer went to the boy's home about 8:30 a.m. to serve a complaint for truancy.The boy, who weighs as much as 250 pounds, refused to cooperate. He begged his mother to let him go to school rather than with the officer, but she refused. The officer said that after the boy “dropped to the floor and became dead weight, he demonstrated the electrical current from the Taser into the air “as a show of force.”

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