07/13/2010

Video: 2 Ga. cops out after stun gun footage surfaces

The woman screams as she is zapped repeatedly after calling police about a prowler near her home

Associated Press

RICHLAND, Ga. — One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun.

Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy, of Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on the woman, Janice Wells.

Wells, 57, says she feared a prowler was outside her Richland house. A minute-long dashboard video from Smith's patrol car shows the officer pulling up to assist another officer.

What happens is largely hidden by an open police cruiser door, but Wells can be heard screaming "Don't do that! Don't do that!" as a stun gun is heard repeatedly zapping.

Authorities say the April 26 struggle began when Wells wouldn't tell police the name of an acquain who had been at her house. Lumpkin Police Chief Steven Ogle says the video is shocking.

Well has hired an attorney.

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