Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Gary Miles was fired and Sgts. Chris Parry and Joey Parkerson have not been charged with tasering a Waffle House waiter for fun, but instead will be allowed to resign from their position as police officers.
An investigation showed that the officials used the weapon as a joke on Daniel Wilson, 22. Wilson said that the officers would routinely point the red laser at him if he did something that they did not like — such as playing music on the jukebox that they disapproved of.
On Feb. 16th, Wilson was talking with Parry and Parkerson when Miles came up behind him and stunned him with the Taser — delivering 50,000 volts. Miles insisted it was only a “spark test” designed to “just to scare him a little bit.” Neither Parry, 41, nor Parkerson, 39, reported the incident. There is also an allegation that a fourth officer pointed a Taser at Wilson’s groin on an earlier occasion.
When Wilson asked Miles to apologize for the accidental tasering, he insists that Miles said, “Who says I did it by accident?”
It was also disclosed that the Waffle House was giving free food to the officers — something that should be prohibited by the department. We have seen a series of cases where such expectation of free food has led to problems with the officers, here, here, here, and here. Indeed, officers and food establishments have proven a bad mix of late, here. Of course, prosecutors seem to have the same difficulties, here and here.
Wilson is suing the police department.
However, there is a series of cases where officers were involved in crimes or abuse but either not charged or given relatively light punishment by their colleagues, here, here, here, here, here, and here, here.
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