Arrest probe shows ‘no abuse’ by police officer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been an investigation into the actions of an Asheville officer. An investigation into the conduct of an Asheville officer has been released to the public. The…

Arrest probe shows 'no abuse' by police officer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been an investigation into the actions of an Asheville officer.

An investigation into the conduct of an Asheville officer has been released to the public.

The City of Asheville’s executive director of public safety, Mike Duren, said the investigation found that her actions may have breached the city’s use-of-force policy.

He said she had invoked “a sort of automatic justification for doing it,” but added there was “no violation of departmental policies”.

Stafford police officer Veronica Barnett resigned after she made an arrest and reportedly used a stun gun on a woman.

In April, a manager in another law enforcement agency said one of her men had used excessive force, then resigned.

‘Suspect had asked to be Tasered’

The arrest of Ms Barnett was reviewed by a three-member review board, which includes Mr Duren, who was asked by the city to review the incident.

It found that although Ms Barnett’s conduct may have breached the use-of-force policy, she did not break any rules.

“It was a general premise that we wanted to bring into focus that individuals do have the ability to unilaterally do the unthinkable,” Mr Duren told reporters.

He said Ms Barnett had behaved in a way that was inconsistent with the duty of an officer to use the least amount of force necessary, but did not breach the policy.

“It turns out that (Barnett) certainly exceeded that … She was instructed to make an arrest, and what happened next is pretty egregious,” Mr Duren said.

A report into the incident shows she had only three seconds to make a decision on whether to use a stun gun, and a witness told the police she had already asked to be Tasered.

“What I’ve learned is that she did not have to do that, and that’s where I had a real problem,” Mr Duren said.

He said she had “violated a basic precept of police work” by making a verbal request and not in writing, and that he hoped her response had not discouraged other officers from treating someone differently if they didn’t say “my duty is to shoot you”.

Ms Barnett has resigned.

In the 2015 state auditor report, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said overuse of force by sheriff’s deputies was a problem in his office, which was covered by the sheriff’s office.

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