Man Files Complaint Against Officers Who Stunned Him

September 21, 2007


Source: Star-Banner

The Ocala Police Department has launched an internal afairs investigation involving four officers accused of roughing up and stunning a man with a Taser when he refused to drop his Quran or even take his hand off the bulky book, which was tucked into his waistband.

Deputy Chief Greg Graham said the complaint - made by Jeffrey Shields, 49, of Ocala - was sent to his office late Wednesday evening. Graham said he ordered the investigation Thursday morning.

The incident happened Aug. 31, when officers sought to question Shields. They said he fit the description of a man said to be carrying a gun and a large amount of drugs.

The officers are Officer Bernard Smith and Cpls. Jamie Buchbinder, Phillip Hazel and Doug Russell. They could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Graham said the officers are still on the job.