Officer Accused of Tasing Child, Mayor Suspends Police Department
MOUNT STERLING – Following allegations of excessive force against a child, city officials announced on Friday that the Mount Sterling Police Department would be shut down for three days.
Mayor Charles Neff made the announcement after another law enforcement agency informed him that a part time officer used a taser on a 9-year-old during a emergency run Tuesday.
“It bothered me, it really did,” Neff said. “The not knowing, I had to find out from somebody else.”
At his request, the sheriff’s office took custody of the police department’s weapons and three laptop computers kept in police vehicles, leaving the village without protection until Monday.
In a statement the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said it will patrol the streets of Mount Sterling. In addition they will also answer all 911 calls.
The village council is expected to meet Monday to discuss further action.