Officer fired for shooting teen with Taser at Forida party

EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) -- A rookie police officer in central Florida has been fired after his supervisors learned that he stunned a teenager with a Taser at a birthday party that involved underage drinking.

Eustis Police Chief Fred Cobb says 22-year-old Dan NeSmith has lost his job, but the department will not charge the former officer for shocking a 15-year-old boy in the back with his police-issued Taser last month.

A video taken at the party shows Taylor volunteering to be stunned while other guests at NeSmith's Leesburg home cheer them on.

Cobb says nearly half of the 40 to 50 people at the party were younger than 21. The birthday boy was 19. NeSmith could still face charges if parents file complaints about alcohol being served at the party.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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