Ohio Rookie Tasers Boy After $2 Tobacco Canister Theft
December 10, 2009
A rookie officer from the Piqua (Ohio) Police Department used a Taser on a 16-year-old who had stolen a $2 tobacco canister from a convenience store, the Piqua Daily Call reports.
Adam Kimpel, who had been on the force for less than a year, responded to the incident. He traced the 16-year-old to a house, where he used the stun gun on the boy, who sat near a loaded shotgun.
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deputy23 @ 12/15/2009 9:21 AM
Get your facts straight, before you print something! What is amazing to me, is that you even have access to the article that was printed out in the news! (and we all know how the news is always accurate)! This was no-where close to being an armed robbery and there are other circumstances that question the fact on whether or not it was even an attempted theft! I understand that this is a law enforcement magazine and I also understand that police need as much positive publicity as we can get, but at least get your facts in order before you print something damning! You have the name and address of the business and I am sure it isnt that hard to obtain their phone number! Call and speak with the owner of the business, I am sure you will find that they do not even want to pursue charges against this juvenile! The article that was printed in the news, sounds to me as if the department or the officer was looking for some sort of pat on the back or award! I am not trying to damn this officer, but the things that are being printed about this incident are wrong and need to be corrected! Apparently, this so called "rookie officer" needs to receive more training on how to talk or negotiate with someone! I am a Tazer instructor and I believe in using the Tazer at the sign of any type of resistance or threat! So, I am not saying the officer was wrong, but I just feel that if he was more rounded in communication, that this wouldnt have even needed a use of force! Now this juvenile has to live with his mistakes and the more the media gets things wrong, the worse it makes it for the juvenile! It is also my understanding that this juvenile was only attempting to purchase the can of chew and the clerk ran him off and then called the police! Yes, it is a crime for a juvenile to purchase chew under the age of 18, but at least get all the facts first before you go calling it an "armed robbery" with a shotgun!
WebEdPaul @ 12/16/2009 9:41 AM
Deputy23, thanks for alerting us to this. We've reworked this item to correct several of the issues you pointed out. Enjoy reading PoliceMag.com!
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