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Video: Okla. Cop Suspended for TASERing Drunk Woman

September 11, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Drunk Woman Spits On Cop, TASERed

A McAlestar (Okla.) Police officer remains on active duty but can no longer use his TASER, after he used the less-lethal weapon on an intoxicated, handcuffed woman who spit on him.

Officer Sterling Taylor was suspended from using the TASER following release of police surveillance video from the June 24 incident, rerports ABC News. In the video, Officer Taylor can be seen appearing to use his TASER on Nakina Williams at point blank range in drive-stun mode.

Williams, 28, had been handcuffed and had her arms flat on a counter behind her when she spit on the officer.

In his report, Williams wrote that "force was necessary and was within policy. Subject had spit on officer and was fixing to spit on officer again, force was used to stop action," reports the McAlestar News-Capital.

The agency's TASER policy states that officers should only use the less-lethal weapon after other conventional methods are ineffective and officers have a reasonable expectation that it would be unsafe to approach the subject.

"The TASER should only be used to control a dangerous or violent subject and ... is not intended to replace verbal problem solving skills, self-defense techniques or firearms," according to the policy.

Tags: McAlestar (Okla.) PD, Less-Lethal Force, Use-of-Force Policies, Intoxicated Subjects


Comments (4)

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Leonard Mather @ 9/11/2012 4:56 PM

One of my colleagues was spit on by a male Perp in a DC jail. He arranged to enter th cell and proceeded to beat the man with his fists only. For this, he was essentially let go, but with a positive recommendation when he accepted a position at the NVCC Security force at the Alexandria Campus. He completed his career there and retired. I would have done the same. This fellow was the spitting image of "Have Gun; will travel."

Old Lawman @ 9/11/2012 5:01 PM

Before tasers, we old cops used whatever force necessary to handle matters, including deadly force if necessary. Too many young cops want to tase someone just because they can. Not much common sense out there these days...just college book- smart stuff!

RICHARD @ 9/11/2012 5:54 PM

TASER? I WOULD HAVE BITCH SLAPPED HER IN FRONT OF HER HOMIES
TO BE FAIR, I RETIRED IN 1988. BEFORE IT BECAME AGAINST THE LAW TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST AIRBORNE PATHOGENS.

Another Old Law Man @ 9/13/2012 1:18 PM

Old Law Man, I'm sorry to disagree,because she is drunk doesn't give her the right to be stupid, I wish I would have had a taser is incidents like this, if for no other reason but to teach a lesson, that lesson is you don't spit on a Police Officer, ever. Drunk or not she knew exactly what she was doing, in the OLD Days we would have knocked her on her ass, drug her into a drunk tank for women and left the cuffs on, this Officer was being nice.

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