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August 18, 2012

Reports : Officer fired Taser in 10 of 16 total MPD uses.

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However, according to the MPD Taser policy, “The Taser should only be used to control a dangerous or violent subject and ...  is not intended to replace verbal problem solving skills, self-defense techniques or firearms.”
 “The Taser shall only be deployed ... when attempts to subdue the subject by other conventional methods (are ineffective) or there is a reasonable expectation that it will be unsafe for officers to approach within contact range of the subject,” according to the policy
Williams attorney Jeremy Beaver said Williams did not pose a danger to the officers.
“Shooting Ms. Williams with his Taser did not make officer Taylor nor any other of the five officers any safer, as they were never in any danger,” Beaver said.
 “Using the Taser on Williams was not a justified act of self defense or defense of anyone else.”
 Beaver also said charges should have been filed against the officer.
Friday MPD Chief Jim Lyles said he the outcome of the investigation into the case by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the District 18 District Attorney’s office is expected to  soon. “I expect a conclusion in the next week, Lyles said. “We are waiting on the OSBI and the DA.”
Williams was  sentenced to a 10 years suspended sentence for felony assault and battery on a police officer, public intoxication and expectorating on a police officer. 
Her attorney said an announcement of a possible lawsuit will be made depending on the outcome of the different agencies investigating the case.
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