Hawkinsville Man's Tasing Caught on Camera

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Tim Fowle from Hawkinsville says Pulaski County deputies have been called to his neighbor's house at least eight times recently.

His neighbor, 67-year old Billy Milner lives in a trailer on property on Cochran Highway owned his some of his family members, and says they've been trying to getting him to move out.

That's led to family arguments where police are called to the house.  Usually, they end with police just leaving, but on July 22nd, it ended with Milner being tased by Pulaski County Deputy Mike Thomas.

Fowle grabbed his video camera and caught the whole thing on tape.  It appears to show Milner with his back to the officer and walking away when the tasing happened.

Milner claims he had just been walking back to his trailer when he was tased.  Police say he had been told he was going to jail, and was being uncooperative.

Milner was charged with battery after allegedly hitting his brother's girlfriend while trying to get his dog back from their trailer.  Milner claims he wasn't told of the charge until he got to jail.

The incident report from the case, obtained by 13WMAZ through Georgia's open records law, shows that Milner was tased three times before cooperating with police.

He was later released on bond, and says he sustained injuries from the tasing.

"I was really out of my mind a little bit," Milner said. "Cause I ain't never been hit with a laser gun."

Milner does have a lengthy criminal record.  Records from the Florida Department of Corrections show he served 20 years in prison on several charges, including sexual battery.

Chief Deputy Jason Fremont says tasing Milner was handled properly under the circumstances.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff Office's rules for the use of tasers, any kind of resistance to an officer, even if it's just verbally saying "I'm not going to jail," is enough to allow the use of a taser.

There's also no age restriction on use of tasers.

Before now, there was no standardized way in the Sheriff's Department to easily access cases where a taser was used.  Although officers did have to mention in their narratives on incident reports that they used a taser, there was no specific box for use of force.

Major Fremont says going forward, he plans on instructing officers to denote anytime a weapon was used, whether a gun or taser, so the department can easily keep track of cases where force was used.

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