A true American ideal: freedom from oppressionSubmitted by deleted-by-requ... on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 11:20
Mount Sterling, Ohio — population 1,800 — recently disbanded its entire police force following an incident in which a police officer assaulted a child with a deadly weapon.
Officer Scott O’Neil was called to deal with a 9-year-old who refused to go to school. According to the Columbus Dispatch, “the situation somehow escalated” — apparently the child did something to make the valiant officer fear for his life — and O’Neill “used a Taser on the boy.”
A woman who spoke with the victim’s mother said that the child appeared to have suffered a total of six burns on his back from multiple Taser strikes. Details of the incident aren’t available because Village Administrator Joe Johnson, in violation of the Ohio open records law, has refused to release the official report. The Village Council learned of the assault from another police department, because Police Chief Mike McCoy initially withheld information about it from Mayor Charlie Neff.
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