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Taser video excerpt aired as prank on police radio

August 21, 2005|By Pepper Ballard

An excerpt from a video depicting an Ohio State Police trooper arresting a drunk driver with a taser was played as a prank over the Maryland State Police radio channel Friday afternoon, causing local troopers some concern, said Sgt. S. Jussila of the Hagerstown barrack.

"Someone thought it would be funny to play a taser video over our radio channel. We don't know who it was. It probably wasn't even a trooper," Jussila said. But she said if it is discovered who pulled the prank, the barrack will take serious action against them.

However, she said, aside from someone coming forward, "our technology is not at a level where we could even begin to find out. I wish we could."

Jussila said other police departments have the ability to transmit on their channel. The excerpt sounded like someone fighting with a police officer, she said.

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After the excerpt was played, a representative from the Washington County Sheriff's Department called state police, saying they recognized the recording, which was from a video to promote the use of a taser over deadly force. While Jussila spoke, other troopers were watching the video so they could recognize it if they heard it again.

"We in here thought it was a trooper in serious trouble," she said. "We were all very concerned."

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