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A small-town police department in Ohio is on lockdown after one of its officers allegedly tasered a 9-year-old boy, the Huffington Post reports.


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An officer was called out to an apartment where a child was refusing to go to school. The situation reportedly became so hostile that the officer used a taser to subdue the child. The chief of police department has been suspended for allegedly hiding the incident from town leadership.

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The Huffington Post has more:

City officials suspended Mount Sterling Police Chief Mike McCoy for three days, leaving the village without a police department. Meanwhile, the office’s computers and weapons were seized, and state investigators are probing the incident, 10-TV reported.

The county sheriff’s office will take over police operations in the area until city officials determine what to do next.

The closure isn’t the first for the Mount Sterling police force. The village laid off all its officers except for the chief in September due to budget cuts, the station reported.

It’s yet unclear when the department will be reformed.

Mount Sterling had a population of just under 2,000 in 2010, according to Census data.

Go to the Huffington Post for the rest of the story.

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