Yes, the age old question, what does a police officer have to do in order to receive an official reprimand, has finally been answered. Apparently, it is possible to cross the line even with a taser. At least it is in Madison, WI-
A police officer has been reprimanded for accidentally discharging a Taser, causing an injury – to the police officer.
Madison police released a report Monday on the July 31 incident, without revealing the officer’s name or gender. The department said the Taser accidentally discharged during a standard checkout procedure.
According to a summary of the investigation, officers are required to make sure no air cartridges are loaded before testing the Taser gun at the start of each shift. It’s the air cartridges that propel the Taser’s prongs, which deliver a jolt of electricity when they strike a target.
The officer’s hand was injured, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
A letter of reprimand was issued because failing to ensure the air cartridge wasn’t loaded was a violation of department policy, the report said.
So this guy tasers himself and the Wisconsin police still let him go out on patrol carrying a gun with live ammunition. Does this seem like a wise thing to do? Makes you wonder if his commanding officer is the benificiary of his whole life insurance policy. Of course, at least we know it is possible for a law enforcement officer to actually be reprimanded for an accidental shooting. Now if we could only get some action when they shoot citizens!