Sgt. Steve Smith has been fired by East Bank, West Virginia after the city council learned that he had used a taser on a pregnant teenager and a firefighter. Smith was still on probation as a new officer after joining the Kanawha County department less than a year earlier.
Smith is a friend of the mother of Candice White, 18, and was playing with the taser at their home. White said that Smith used it on her leg a number of times on a low setting. A volunteer firefighter said that Smith used it on him as part of the firefighter’s birthday celebration. What happened to the concept of a nice card?
Obviously, the liability in such juvenile exhibitions can be quite high for a city, particularly in the use on a pregnant girl.