Thomson investigator suspended in Taser incident

A Thomson City Police investigator has been suspended with pay while city officials investigate an off-duty incident where the officer used his Taser.

Lt. Scott Whittle was working as a security officer for an event in early November, when the incident – which was videotaped – occurred. In the video, the investigator is shown laughing with a group of young people, when a young man asked to be shot with the officer’s city-issued Taser. The man was given a small jolt with the weapon, and fell to the ground laughing and celebrating with the crowd.

Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway said Lt. Whittle was suspended with pay on Wednesday, shortly after Chief Hathaway was shown the video by an Augusta television station. City Attorney Jimmy Plunkett is leading the investigation into the incident, according to Thomson City Administrator Don Powers. The video was posted on the Internet site Facebook, but it has since been taken down.

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