TAPED TASERING MAY END COP'S CAREER 2006
POLICE ARREST A WOMAN FOR RUNNING A RED LIGHT AND THEN FAILING FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS. BUT THINGS TURNED UGLY ONCE THEY GOT BACK TO THE STATION. THE OFFICER IN THE BOOKING ROOM CLAIMS HE SUFFERED AN INJURY TO HIS FACE WHILE THE WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS TASERED FROM BEHIND. POLICE OFFICIALS SAY THE WOMAN WAS BEING VERY EMOTIONAL AND CRYING, BUT NOT BELIGERENT. conus HAS BOTH THE DASHCAM OF THE INCIDENTS AND THE BOOKING ROOM FOOTAGE. more info:The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH)>>SHEFFIELD - A Sheffield police officer being investigated for >discharging his police-issued Taser stun gun on a woman already in >custody has served one suspension, was facing another and has been >involved in three accidents with his police car during the two years >he's been on the village force.>>Officer Edward Long, who is on paid leave as a result of the incident >Monday morning, was facing a five-day suspension for crushing the side >of his police cruiser while entering the Police Department's garage >earlier this month, according to his personnel file. It was the third >accident of Long's career, and Mayor Darlene Ondercin wrote a letter >included in the file recommending Long be terminated immediately if >another accident occurred.>>Long, who was sworn in as a full-time officer in February 2005, also >served a three-day suspension in October 2005 after driving his cruiser >across a field and through a ditch without headlights at night to get >to a suspicious vehicle call at a car dealership. The cruiser stalled >out and wouldn't restart as a result of the severe damage it suffered >from the trip, Ondercin said.>The suspicious vehicle that initiated the trip turned out to be a >dealership vehicle in which someone had left on the interior light, >according to the file.>>Long's file also contained two written reprimands. The first was for >failing to put his police car in park while conducting a traffic stop, >causing his cruiser to strike the back of the violator's vehicle, while >the second was for failing to search a suspect before returning to the >police station. In the second incident, the suspect had $1,200 on him, >but he just as easily could have had a gun, Ondercin said.>>Ondercin is expected to decide Monday whether to level any punishment >against Long for the incident Monday. He is accused of using his Taser >on an allegedly intoxicated Kristina Fretter, 32, of Sheffield Lake, in >the booking room of the police station off of Colorado Avenue, Chief >Mike Gurich said. The incident was witnessed by another officer and a >dispatcher, who were in the booking room at the time. The room also is >equipped with a security camera, Gurich said.>>Gurich was to turn in the findings of his investigation into the >incident to the mayor Friday, along with a recommendation for >punishment. Village laws require the mayor to approve any discipline >more severe than a three-day suspension. "I expect he'll recommend more >than that," Ondercin said Friday.>>Gurich said it's not typical for an officer to be placed on leave while >being investigated, but he felt it was appropriate in this instance.>"There were some questions that he could have handled things in a >different way," Gurich said, declining to go into specifics. "There >were some factors involved that I was not comfortable with.">>Fretter was charged with DUI, driving under a DUI suspension, assault, >consumption in a motor vehicle, driving in continuous lane of traffic, >disobedience of traffic control devices and two counts of obstructing >official business, according to a police report.