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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  • by Disgusted Location: Dothan on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:29 PM
    How can people defend this officer's actions? He Tasered someone who couldn't even stand or walk without crutches. I have a hard time believing someone in that condition could cause enough trouble to warrant the use of a Taser in order to subdue them. The big problem with Tasers is that police/security think they can abuse them because they don't leave evidence - instead of restraining or talking citizens down when that was their only option (other than beating the person - which leaves marks, or shooting the person which leaves you know, blood) they just shock them in order to get them to shut up and obey. The "Strict Guidelines" the chief refers to is a vague statement amounting to "Use of Tasers is allowed in order to gain compliance from a subject". Compliance in what? Actions? Words? Who decides? Even if someone is struggling or arguing with the officer the infliction of pain for any reason except to avoid a SERIOUS risk of injury to the officer or bystanders is unacceptable.
  • by bob smith Location: mississippi on Feb 19, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    the key thing the person only heared what was going on so she cant really tell you she was thrown on the ground or that she didnt try to hurt the cop first
  • by kim Location: dothan on Dec 11, 2007 at 06:40 PM
    The Dothan Police force is as crooked as a politician. I think after dealing with hard core criminals turns them into hard core criminal cops! Excessive force and unecessary use of the taser gun is coming far to familiar for Dothan. I would suggest personality/mood under pressure training before allowing cops to use them. This might slow down injuries, lawsuits and death. Its serious stuff and YOU BETTER KNOW WHEN TO USE THIS WEAPON! Can anyone tell me why it takes 2 cops to stop one car at all times in Dothan? Not everyone is bad. The Chief needs to hire fully trained officers and not "hot headed bullying officers" like they have on their force right now as we speak. This "might" help....
  • by concerned Location: dothan on Nov 7, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    I agree with poster Joe of Dothan.. Ask any officer that has been tased if they got burns.. Your answer will most likely be "no"..Did they vomit or urinate on themselves?? All officers must be tased in training..If her back was this bad did she go to ER for treatment?? When taken in- did she reek of vomit and urine?? these are all questions that need to be looked at.. Why isn't Dothan PD speaking up?? Are they not gonna let the city and communities know what is up?
  • by joe Location: dothan on Nov 6, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    you vomit and urinate on yourself... Are you kidding me. I was shot with the taser and went the whole 5 seconds for training and I can promise you I didn't vomit or urinate. I have also been dry stunned with it. Those marks on her are not from a taser. If you want my opinion someone must be tired of working and wants some money from the City of Dothan. And John Powell needs to step up and protect his officers and not let them hang out to dry.
  • by anita Location: webb on Nov 4, 2007 at 03:55 AM
    I agree that the police have a rough job to do,but some of thaem do react too agressive for the situation,my husband got a ticket from a florida state trooper,and my husband said that he was getting concerned about the attitude that was used by the officer,when he called to complain,the same officoer took the call,we are going to file a complaint if we have to go to the governer of florida.the was no call for this officer to react to my husband like he did.its no wonder that they get into bad situations when they use that attitude.we are law abiding tax paying citizens and expect to be treated with the way the ticket was for using the turning cut though on the interstate,we did not know that that was for police,ambulance and that sort of thing ,no signs are posted.
  • by Get the facts! Location: Dothan on Oct 31, 2007 at 04:36 PM
    Our Cops Wear bullet proof vest, they get shot at, spit on, cussed out, and just treated like dirt by those who are not law abiding citizens. But we want them to protect us. Why were the police called? Was someone at this residence was acting disorderly? Can you guess who it might have been? Was it motor mouth? Boyfriend calls police! Was it 120 lb woman causing enough trouble for 200 lb man to call police? Remember unruly people don't respect authority! Unruly people tell lies. Her back looks like cigarette burns. Never heard of taser doing that. I don't believe the police forces in Alabama would allow use of tasers if this was true. Is this the same Aaron Cook that risked his life at Primecare last spring (with other officers) to save lives. Give our officers a break and quit rebelling. We need them to protect us from the crazy people. No officer in Dothan would need a taser if people were compliant when asked. Get the Fact straight!
  • by concerned Location: DOTHAN on Oct 31, 2007 at 04:15 PM
    Do you really think tasers cause these burns?? I can't find any info that says they do. 50,000 volts at 004 amps doesn't burn skin.. Do you think she is telling the truth?? There is 2 sides to every story!! Police were called must of been a reason.. Maybe Alcohol involved?? Who was getting evicted?? How much anger was involved before police arrived??
  • by Ervin T. Meads Location: Cowarts on Oct 31, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    Looks to me like the Police needs to BAN the use of taser's on the force. They hire men/women that have no ideal how to force the law. Young GUN-HO kids that think the Badge puts them ABOVE the law !
  • by Ellen Location: Dothan on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    This is an example of people of authority taking advantage of someone! You Go Girl!
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