ROGERS, Ark. — Police are conducting an internal investigation into an allegation that a lieutenant used his stun gun to shock a cow and shared a videotape of the incident with other department employees.
Police Chief Steve Helms said Tuesday the inquiry began after he received a complaint from the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A letter dated Feb. 11 from PETA representative Stephanie Bell complained that Officer David Mitchell filmed himself using the electronic stun device on the cow.
Electronic stun guns are used as less-lethal weapons to subdue people who pose a threat to officers.
Bell said in the letter that Mitchell distributed the video as a joke among friends and co-workers and she notes that animal cruelty is a misdemeanor crime in Arkansas.
Helms didn't immediately return a call for comment on Wednesday. City Attorney Ben Lipscomb said Tuesday that the alleged incident happened 2 1/2 years ago, which would be beyond the statute of limitations for misdemeanors. Lipscomb said there would be no point in pursuing a criminal investigation.
Helms said a captain in the department will conduct the investigation and Mitchell will remain on regular duty.
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Lieutenan ... _0221.html