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House votes for more officer training after stun gun is used on Alzheimer’s patient

Indiana House lawmakers have voted to provide officers with more training to make sure stun guns are never used on Alzheimer’s patients.

After a 96-0 vote, the measure now moves to the Indiana Senate.

The bill was created with James Howard in mind. Last June, the 64-year-old was injured after police were called to Miller’s Merry Manor nursing home.

An officer shocked him with a stun gun five times, despite being told that Howard has Alzheimer’s and can’t follow orders.

The police officer was later fired but is appealing that decision.

Howard’s wife has filed suit against the city and the Peru Police Department.

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4 Comments to “House votes for more officer training after stun gun is used on Alzheimer’s patient”

    Duane said:
    January 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Was this cop originally from Martinsville?? In Martinsville a couple years ago, a cop slapped & tazzed a 10 year old boy, & the chief of police said it was OK for the cop to do it.

    KJJ said:
    January 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Common sense can't be legislated. He should have been fired.

      Jo Ann said:
      January 23, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      he was fired by the police chief, then by the city board of works now he has appealed to a higher court in Logansport, he feels that he didn't do anything wrong. Mr Howard is my big brother, he is a cool laid-back kind of person. He(like lie the rest of us (7 sibs) was a very hard working man. James had nothing on but a pair of socks, Martin felt he was in danger,Martin is 6" nearly200 + lbs, James is 5"9, 170

    BRYAN B said:
    January 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    THE APPEAL SHOULD BE DENIED THAT WAY COPS SEE THEY CANNOT GET AWAY WITH ANY THING .MY SYMPOTHY GOES OUT TO JAMES THAT COP SHOULD HAVE JAMES ALOUD TO SHOCK HIM TEN TIMES SEE HOW HE LIKES IT .

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