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4 SCMPD officers suspended for February 2016 tasing incident

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Four Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officers were suspended in the February 2016 tasing incident in the case of Patrick Mumford.

In a statement provided by Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin, he states “when the person they encountered failed to follow the officers' instructions and his hand appeared to reach for something on the front passenger seat floorboard area, the officers restrained him utilizing a Conducted Electrical Weapon (Taser).”

In the Chief's statement to me, he said, “The internal affairs investigation determined that the officers did not follow correct procedure in interviewing Mr. Mumford, since they did not ask to see his identification, which may have de-escalated the situation at the outset."

The violation of SCMPD policy resulted in the three officers, as well as their supervisor, receiving between one and 6-day suspensions without pay.

The chief’s statement continues, “When the matter was brought to the chief's attention, he directed the Internal Affairs commander to take steps to make sure that Mr. Mumford's probation record, and his treatment as a First Offender for a prior offense, was not adversely affected by this arrest.  This has been accomplished.”

This incident could have jeopardized Mumford's first-time offender probation, meaning he would have to serve time for a past offense he was trying to put behind him. Chief Lumpkin directed his Internal Affairs Commander to make sure that did not happen.

The chief closes his statement by saying, “On behalf of the men and women of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and as human beings, we sincerely regret what Mr. Patrick Mumford experienced on February 1, 2016, in the encounter with our officers.   As the Chief of Police, I apologize to Mr. Mumford.”

In the chief's letter, he also said all precinct supervisors have provided additional training to officers during shift briefings. That training is mandatory and focuses on Metro policy when it comes to approaching subjects and making arrests.

Read SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin's full statement below:

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