Cleveland Officer Arrested for Negligent Tasering

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Officer Leonard Moore. (Photo credit: Cleveland Police Department)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland police officer has been arrested for allegedly using a taser in a negligent way, Fox 8 News reports.

Cleveland police said that as a result of an Internal Affairs Unit investigation, Officer Leonard Moore, 55, was arrested Friday for misdemeanor assault. The incident, however, happened back on January 1 at a Marathon gas station on East 55th Street, near Woodland Avenue.

According to a police report, a 27-year-old woman and her 28-year-old female friend went to the gas station to grab something to eat. As they stood in line for their food, Officer Moore reportedly approached the 28-year-old and began apologizing for tasering her earlier that night. Police did not reveal details about that event.

The 27-year-old woman then allegedly told Moore that she “didn’t want to hear anything from him.” She turned around, heard a “pop,” then her whole body stiffened, and she fell to the ground in pain, the report stated.

The 27-year-old woman told police that Moore started apologizing again, this time to her, while dialing 9-1-1 for an ambulance. According to the report, she removed one of the taser prongs from her breast, but had to wait for EMS to get another one taken out. She was then transported to St. Vincent Charity Hospital for treatment.

Cleveland police say Officer Moore will be assigned to restricted duty pending the results of his criminal case. He will have limited contact with the public and will not respond to emergency calls.

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