Georgia Cop Who Tasered Black Woman on Porch Fired by Department
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The Georgian police officer who used his Taser on a black woman and continued to use what many later consider excessive force is now unemployed … according to his bosses.
Officer Michael oxford was fired this week from his job at the Gwinnett County Police Department after a viral video was released showing him forcibly arresting an African-American woman on his porch while surrounded by members of the his family.
GCPD says they canned Oxford Friday for conduct they saw as going against their core values - even though they say he technically had the right to try to stop the woman, Kyndesia Smith. She was reported as a potential suspect who allegedly vandalized a neighbor’s car and threatened them and their child … Oxford responded to verify.
The ministry writes that while Oxford had probable reasons for detaining and arresting Smith for obstructing a law enforcement officer, they disagreed with how he went about it. … although they said its use of force was part of their policy. Seemingly contradictory, but the main thing here … he failed to take the proper steps to try to keep the peace.
GCPD says their investigation looked into whether proper de-escalation techniques had been used and whether Oxford had violated its standards for handling things. They add: “Our policy states that each member of this department should consider it their duty to be of service to the general public and to render this service in a kind, considerate and patient manner.” Basically they say he went above and beyond to be a jerk.
Another telling line from the ministry … “One of our core values is civility. We strive to conduct ourselves in a way that promotes mutual respect with the community and our peers.” They went on to say that Oxford just hadn’t encountered this, so they let him loose.
Smith was ultimately convicted of a simple battery against an officer and willful obstruction of law enforcement. It’s unclear if she was even involved in the initial incident that sparked this.
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