Officer Resigns In Wake Of Stun Gun Incident

36-Year Martinsville Police Veteran Steps Down

A veteran Martinsville police officer has submitted his resignation three months after he was taken off the streets for his role in an incident in which a stun gun was used on an unruly 10-year-old boy.

Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard set a pension board meeting for Friday to consider the request from Capt. William Jennings, a city police officer for 36 years.

Jennings' action follows the police chief's recommendation that he be dismissed or allowed to retire.

Jennings and Officer Darren Johnson were called to Tender Teddies Day Care on March 30. Deckard Johnson could be suspended without pay for 30 days.

Police said the Jennings slapped the 94-pound child after he began kicking as they tried to restrain him. Johnson then administered the stun gun, authorities said.

A special prosecutor announced last week that no charges would be filed against Jennings or Johnson.

Jennings left the slapping incident out of his police report. Johnson, who has been with the department for three years, included both the slapping information and the stun gun incident in his report.