TPD Officer Cleared For Tasing Teen

By: Heather Biance Email
By: Heather Biance Email

An internal affairs investigation questioning a Tallahassee Police officer's use of force is now complete.

Tallahassee Police officer Chris Ormerod returned to work Tuesday after an internal investigation said he used appropriate force when he tased a Tallahassee juvenile last month.

The juvenile's mother requested a review of the force used on her son during the June 19th arrest.

Police say the 15-year-old boy stepped into the path of officer Ormerod's patrol vehicle.

When Ormerod got out to warn the teen to use more caution, the juvenile ran to a nearby home.

Police say because he resisted arrest, Ormerod fired his taser once, to subdue the teen.

"In this instance, a taser was an option for someone who TAKE name super :04 was fleeing from us. Years ago, that was not an option. It was the use of a baton or a tackle, which increased greatly the ability for either the suspect or the officer to be injured," says Tallahassee Police Department Spokesman David McCranie.

The teen was on probation at the time, but because he's a minor, police won't say why.

Ormerod, who's been with the department for about 11 months, was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

However, at this time Officer Ormerod has been reinstated to active duty.


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