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Ohio Police Department Shuts Down

March 12, 2012  | 

City administrators shut down the Mount Sterling (Ohio) Police Department, after an officer used a TASER on a 9-year-old boy earlier this month.

Embattled Chief Mike McCoy, the only full-time officer, had been suspended and several part-time officers were no longer working on Friday. McCoy's decision not to tell village administrators about the incident prompted his suspension, officials told the Columbus Dispatch.

The village also declined to release details about the incident, which apparently began when the boy refused to go to school.

Tags: Police Chiefs, Less-Lethal Force, Use-of-Force Policies


Comments (8)

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Jack Betz @ 3/12/2012 5:27 PM

I have no idea what happened. But it is the same story as before, not the incident, but the coverup.

Random @ 3/13/2012 12:26 AM



Most police go through the same psych exam. This determines aptitude and ethics type. Only those that fit the profile area hired. Logically one can assume that with such overt ethical lapses, the test is faulty or the US wants unethical enforcement. Or am I mistaken? If I am mistaken, how so?

Badger state @ 3/13/2012 6:18 AM

In some states (like Wisconsin) psych exams are not mandatory. Many places don't give them. There are also a number of departments that don't do a background check. I have personally seen really bad cops let go at my department, only to be hired elsewhere by a department that didn't even take the time to make a phone call. Scary.......

diggem @ 3/13/2012 6:22 AM

Random, these small police departments with a chief and a few part-time officers generally don't do psych evaluations of officers. In fact seldom to they even do background investigations prior to hiring them. They are under funded, under trained and under staffed for the most part. If the village only knew the liability that they assume with these shoe string operations it would be eye opening.

Thor69 @ 3/13/2012 10:23 AM

Psych exams are too subjective. I have seen officer not pass psych exams at one department, only to pass the psych exam at another department. I thing a polygraph or voice stress analysis is a much better option. Besides, you can't psych exam stupidity!!

chwi548 @ 3/14/2012 3:23 PM

If polygraphs and such were accurate, they would be admissable in a court of law. There are reasons they are not admissable and are considered junk science.

I'm not sure how the discussion changed to psych evals from the original topic. Yes, in WI many do not need to take a psych. Yes, some fail pysch tests and pass others. Psych tests are subjective as well. I've seen good officers fail psych's that were great officers as well. We all know that psych tests can be slanted as well since we in LE have different perceptions due to our experiences that do make us different from average public psych test takers.

Jim @ 3/17/2012 5:44 PM

From what I have heard this 9 yr old is very, very large for his size and is basically a delinquent that his Father is not able to handle. He called the police out of desperation and this kid became aggressive at which time the Officer Tased the kid. It is a very hard decision to make as you cannot really get into a physical fight with him but he was uncontrollable. The short burst from a taser was probably the best way to control him. It did work and there were no injuries to anyone. The Town Council got their knickers in a wad not because of the tasing, but because the Chief did not immediately call them at home and inform them and waited until the next day. So the head of the Council or Mayor up and suspends the entire Police Force for not keeping him completely informed. Really amounts to nothing more than a power and ego trip by the Town Council from what I can see.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/11/2012 5:23 AM

Mt Sterling had a long past with abuse of power. Mt Sterling PD should have been shut down about 35 years ago when the first of many abuses came to light. I am surprised they lasted this long. It's like a five or less person Police Department. They tend to have more reserve officers that are unpaid then they have paid officers. At times in the past the only cop they had was the Chief. To be honest its nothing more than a speed trap. In Ohio, money from fines go to the general fund of the agency issuing the ticket so there was a pot of gold literally on main street.

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