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Deputy cleared of any charges after investigation into stun-gun incident

Monday, July 21, 2014 12:47 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:44 AM
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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy will not be criminally charged after a child tased another child in the eye with the Taser.

Kevin Butler has been disciplined for police violation of “duty to care of county property,” but an investigation revealed there was not enough evidence to charge him, a sheriff’s office news release stated.

Police said Butler left his duty weapon in the top of a closet and his department-issued Taser on the bed after changing out of his uniform at a friend’s home on June 30.

Butler was not at the home when a child entered the bedroom, removed the Taser from his belt and discharged it, striking another child in the eye.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said the children had been told to stay out of the room and they were not left in the home without appropriate and adequate adult supervision.

Wright stated in a letter to the sheriff’s office that the case did not fit the definition of a crime or criminal negligence.

“There is nothing in the facts revealed by the investigation which would reveal that Deputy Butler or any of the other adults had any intention of committing an act which would violate Georgia law,” Wright said.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/21/14 - 01:05 pm
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Here's the three rules of

Here's the three rules of kids.

1. They don't listen

2. They don't listen

3. They don't listen

And that's why adults are supposed to put up things that could harm them, especially things that would be very attractive to a child- like a stun gun.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/21/14 - 03:07 pm
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I agree with you on that one.

Children are just not wired maturely enough yet to refrain from handling a weapon. Weapons must be kept secured in a household when not in use, and I would expect them to be kept secured even if there were no children in the household. It is commonsense.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/21/14 - 11:29 pm
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On the day this story broke,

On the day this story broke, I predicted in this comments section that nothing would happen to this cop. I also predict that nothing will happen to that cop in NYC who choked that guy to death.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/22/14 - 04:53 am
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the bed

Why not put the taser on the top of the closet where the gun was placed. Why get undressed at a friends house an then leave without your gear. This does not look just right to me.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/22/14 - 10:51 am
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Follow up

What is the status of the child that was stunned, especially in the eye?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/22/14 - 11:14 am
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AFjoe, the health of the

AFjoe, the health of the injured child is not the important part of the story. The important part is that Kevin Butler is back on the job writing tickets. This is of course after a nice paid vacation (July 1-21) at your expense.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/22/14 - 11:52 am
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LISTEN
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When I was told to not do something by my parents I knew I better not do it.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/22/14 - 02:14 pm
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Surprised?

Nope...now just wait and see what the DA says the next time this same kind of "accident" happens in regular old John's house....

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/14 - 09:49 pm
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GiantsAllDay, that man had a

GiantsAllDay, that man had a cardiac arrest because he weighed over 300 lbs, had asthma, and was a heart attack waiting to happen.

When you resist arrest, yes, the police will use whatever force necessary to make you submit. That is true for everybody.

That man brought it on himself.

I know that if a police officer tried to arrest me, and I resisted, they would use force on me, too. That's why smart people don't resist arrest.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/22/14 - 09:58 pm
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Chokeholds are against NYPD

Chokeholds are against NYPD rules.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/23/14 - 01:14 pm
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The police should be able to use any means necessary to subdue somebody resisting arrest. They have a hard enough job to do with out bleeding hearts tying their hands.

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