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Deputy's Practical Joke Hits Bottom [Video]

Deputy's Practical Joke Hits Bottom [Video]

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Associated Press

April 13, 2010

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – A Collier County deputy was reprimanded after shocking a colleague with a Taser in an incident meant to be a joke. The December scene was caught on tape at the Collier County jail. A female deputy was seen showing a message on her iPod to Cpl. Wilmer A. Arencibia, who followed the woman and shocked her on the behind with his Taser.

Arencibia told investigators it was “a spur of the moment thing” and acknowledged the behavior was improper.

He was given a reprimand and final warning after an internal investigation.



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    MStephens

    about 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    As a supervisor I have to look at the situation as described by Chiefmillan from a policy standpoint, but in the disciplinary role we deal with what actually happened and what the results of those actions lead to.

    In this case, I think we can all assume she showed him a personal message intended to spur some reaction from him, she got her reaction. When she found the act was unacceptable she clearly confronted it, and it stopped.

    In this case, no major injury, no stitches…minor disciplinary issues deserve minor discipline. However, another larger issue is the culture created when employees in any field believe discipline will not result or be minor regardless of the outcome of this kind of behavior. The employees of any industry have to understand that bad actions have consequences proportionate to their intent and outcome.

    I think the department handled their business well and they should carry on with business of the day.

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    uniformpolice357

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    He should have been fired. What if he shot her in the arse? What if he pinched her on the butt? Police officers have got to start policing themselves. I'm writing a letter to the head honcho and give him a piece of my mind.

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    Buford57

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Anybody else wonder what was on the i-Pod?

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    getaway58

    about 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    Wow, thats not good. I am a female officer and although I am not necessarily afraid of a drive-stun, this action shows the kind of disrespect women in law enforcement put up with continually. I believe she has a sexual harrassment or hostile work environment case. That was very stupid of the male officer. Aren't we all supposed to show restraint and to be held up to higher standards?

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    Keiffer158

    about 4 years ago

    94 Comments

    I agree this was not a good idea, especially on video. However people like chiefmillan who think this is a felonious assault or a civil rights violation are the reason why most front line cops do not trust their supervisors. When I watched the video it looked like she was goofing around with this guy when he gave her a quick drive stun. 99 times out of 100 this will end, just like it did, with no catastrophe and yes it was funny. Instead of putting this guy in federal prison for 25 years, chiefmillan, deal with this in reality with common sense. Tell him not to do it again or take his taser away.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Not a good idea...common sense man, common sense

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I am sad to see people in here defending this type of misconduct. This guy is SOOO very lucky that the female deputy didn't press charges: assault (maybe a felony), hostile workplace, federal civil rights violation-1983 USC violation under color of authority, civil damages and the bad press. She apparently didn't want to burn him, which was VERY kind of her. This could be an unbecoming conduct by officer case too inside the dept.

    Still, this kind of reckless and unprofessional conduct is unacceptable. Cops who defend it are not helping this professional standing of law enforcement, as the public thinks we close ranks for bad apples anyhow and this only reinforces blue mafia stereotypes. What if she had been hurt? Had a heart attack, fallen and broken a bone or needed stitches? How would that have looked for workman's comp investigations? would the insurance company have cancelled the agency's liability insurance? This is a sheriff's station, NOT romper room or a frat party!! This case makes us all look terrible. I am NOT amused. For police managers this is NOT funny one bit, this is a potential massive lawsuit and career ender. Tasers are NOT toys, they are dangerous weapons and we ARE professionals. Misconduct with a dangerous weapon is not a joke. As an old cop who came of age as a rookie in 1984, modern policing does not allow for this kind of garbage and I can attest to that 1st hand. If someone did that to my daughter, I would be livid. This is terrible press for all law enforcement.

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    bstites

    about 4 years ago

    1028 Comments

    thats a good way to get fired and famous on youtube...

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    Justice57

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    That is very stupid, because he could have hurt her with the taser or she could had trip. And for not thinking, he did it in front of the other Officers and in front of the camera, duhhhhh.

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    Omarra67

    about 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    I didn't watch the video 'til just now. LMAO I'm sorry for laughing...

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    Omarra67

    about 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    Bump k9goodman!

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    k9goodman

    about 4 years ago

    110 Comments

    What a dumb f--- rookie. But I know a lot of us have seen and done stupid things on duty while screwing around with our beat partners. It wasn't lethal and no one was hurt. Slap his pee pee and move on. Enough with the P C law enforcement. We still have to be human and have fun. JEEEEZ.

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    Omarra67

    about 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    Know your audience. That's what it boils down to.

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    Glock10mmForMe

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    BFD! OK, maybe not his best and brightest day, but why are some of you self-righteous souls so hungry to see the guy fired? Back in the 70's, I can't count the number of times I, my car, or office, were sprayed with mace. At one department I worked at, we would have mace fights in the parking lot like kids have water gun fights. I think his punishment fit the "crime".

    Just remember guys, those who always take themselves seriously, are seldom taken seriously by others.

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    ERIKS1223

    about 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Too funny

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