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Dothan Police Taser Controversy

By: Ryan Rodig
By: Ryan Rodig

A Dothan police officer recently put on administrative leave resigned on Monday and he accepted a job with the Barbour County Sheriff's department Tuesday.

This comes months after a woman filed an excessive force complaint against him.

This past August, Officer Aaron Cook was called to a rental property owned by Clayton Noon due to an argument over an eviction.

When Officer Cook arrived Jillian Davis, Noon's co-worker, told the officer that the situation was worked out.

"I told him I am sorry you guys got called and at that point he got in my face and told me he was in charge pretty much and I didn't like how I was being treated so I told him to get your supervisor, go get your supervisor…"said Davis.

Noon and Davis claim at that point Officer Cook lost his cool with Davis who was on crutches with a broken foot.

"She was leaning on her crutches with a cast on her foot, he throws her on the ground so hard you can here the breath get knocked out of her. I walk outside because I hear everything going on and I'm asking please don't do this, please don't do this! This is not what we called you for.." said Noon.

At that point Noon says the Officer Cook tased Davis after she had already been placed into handcuffs.

Davis says she is still recovering from the bad burns she suffered from the taser.

Despite the bad experience Davis says the rest of the police department has done a great job dealing with the situation.

Police Chief John Powell says taser usage is monitored closely.

"There are very strict guidelines on the use of a taser. There's a policy in training that each officer has to go through, if the policy and procedures are violated obviously we look into that," said Chief Powell.

Davis says that original charges of disorderly conduct have been dropped, but she is charged with interfering with a government operation.

Officials say she is expected to plead not guilty.

No court date has been set.


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