2 Officers Accused Of Slapping, Stunning 10-Year-Old Boy
8:29 AM, Jul 6, 2010
A Martinsville police officer accused of using a stun gun on a 10-year-old boy was suspended on Tuesday.The Police Department recommended Officer Darren Johnson be suspended without pay for 45 days, with five days already served, and remain on probation for two years, 6News' Joanna Massee reported.The other officer involved in the incident, Capt. William Jennings, a 36-year veteran, resigned from the department last week.Johnson testified on Tuesday that Jennings escalated the situation by slapping the child after the boy had already started to calm down."I told my captain after we left 'I didn't want to tase that 10-year-old child,'" he said. "It's not something I expected doing until the point my superior officer took the action that he did. I felt the situation was out of control and I'm sorry it had to come to that."Jennings and Johnson were called to Tender Teddies Day Care on March 30 on a report of an unruly boy.Police said that Jennings slapped the 94-pound child after the boy began kicking as they tried to restrain him. Johnson then administered the stun gun, authorities said.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.Jennings' family said he is good with children and have never been violent."He's good with children. He's just a giant teddy bear. (He) wouldn't hurt a fly if it came near him," said Jennings' son, Ryan Jennings.Both officers were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the case.