USA: Waynesboro, Georgia: Shocking Twist: Firing Of Waynesboro Police Officer For Refusing To Be Tasered Revoked (2011-11-03)

Published on November 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Police Department officer is still in shock, after he was fired for not getting tasered as part of a training exercise. But, a week after the officer was fired, Waynesboro’s Police Chief revoked it, and now that officer says he’s not sure what to expect. – This raises the whole question of the rights of police NOT to recieve “voluntary” shocks as part of their training… Where is their union when they need it? ]]

wjbf, by Archith Seshadr

Waynesboro, GA —

A Waynesboro Police Department officer is still in shock, after he was fired for not getting tasered as part of a training exercise. But, a week after the officer was fired, Waynesboro’s Police Chief revoked it, and now that officer says he’s not sure what to expect.

Curt Saint Germaine works at the C&S General Store, in Burke County.

Saint Germaine: “I consider Burke County my home and I serve the people of Burke County.”

But, this store owner is used to doing a lot more than serving customers. He’s worked in law enforcement for nearly 25 years, and two weeks ago…he says his career took a turn.

Saint Germaine: “I reported to work Saturday, the 22nd. The chief asked me was I going to get tased. I said, ‘no, the doctor said I couldn’t.’ I talked to him previously about this. He said to go home and he didn’t need me.”

It was news that came as a shock to Saint Germaine, who says Georgia law doesn’t mandate officers to get tasered…just to go through the class.

Saint Germaine: “My heart kind of dropped. I worked so many years. I’ve never had a write-up and to get fired over something the doctor said I couldn’t do was a shock. I had 2 heart attacks and had 5 stints put in my heart. I’ve been doing physically good since then. I wasn’t going to go against doctor’s order and have that taser that could stop my heart.”

Robert Manchester, Sardis judgeand former Paramedic: “When you get tased, you could stop your heart.”

Archith Seshadri, reporting: “Can they bring him back?”

Manchester: “Maybe so, but what if they can’t bring him back?”

Saint Germaine says he got a letter last week from Williams, saying he was no longer fired.

Saint Germaine: “He then came back and stated I wasn’t fired, I was on administrative leave.”

That letter says St. Germaine needs to show medical proof that he’s fit and qualified to serve as an officer.

Manchester: “If he’s not going to be tased, don’t carry it. If you carry a Glock, does that mean you have to get shot to know what it feels like?”

Saint Germaine: “I mean, I got to depend on that job and this place to support my family. I have house payments and insurance payments, like everybody else, and he took my livelihood from me.”

Waynesboro Police Chief Alfonso Williams spoke to me off camera Thursday morning, and said around 20 officers took the training. He says he was also tasered earlier as part of training when he worked at the Police Academy.

Chief Williams and the City Administrator did not want to comment about this issue on camera. We do know that Friday, Saint Germaine will receive a letter about the next steps. Saint Germaine says he will return back to the Waynesboro Police Department, as long as he doesn’t have to get tasered.

Several counties in the CSRA use tasers. they are listed below:

Waynesboro Police

Aiken Department of Public Safety

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office

North Department of Augusta Public Safety

Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office

Georgia Health Sciences University Police

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