Special treatment for law officers

Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager wouldn’t release the name of his deputy who tasered a 16-year-old boy streaking in boxer shorts at a high school football game, and pushed another kid while yelling at people at a concession stand.

The streaker is suspended from school and is charged with obstruction. The deputy is getting “remedial training.”

I’m guessing he won’t miss a dollar of his paycheck. Anyone want to guess what would have happened had I pushed the deputy at the football game? Even if it were my son he just assaulted?

This is not a one-way street. I hope the Cook family considers suing. It seems it’s our only recourse.

We all love living in a safe community. And we all know the threats that exist out there. But I, and many others in Peachtree City, think this incident is indicative of the arrogant attitude that exists by many of our law enforcement officers in this area.

And to have this government official’s name withheld from the public record, when his supervisor admits he was in the wrong, is absurd.

If I get a speeding ticket, the public knows it. This deputy uses “poor judgment,” shoves a minor after using a taser on another, and his name is withheld? Just who is serving who here, and who pays these salaries?

Oh, but Sheriff Yeager reassured us by telling us that the video of his deputy “... is not truly indicative of what happened.” Kind of like the politician whose quote was “taken out of context.”

We get what we deserve if we don’t push our elected officials (and our media) to oversee these agencies, and keep them in check. Because it’s not happening right now.

Frank Herman

Peachtree City, Ga.

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"The unnamed Coweta County Sheriff’s deputy who fired his taser at 16-year-old Gunner Cook as the student streaked in boxer shorts across the field at the recent football game between East Coweta High School and Newnan High School has been suspended."

Last word of that paragraph: Suspended. Suspension means no pay for the duration of the suspension.

Did the deputy use sense? nope. Should he be suspended? yep. Should he be demoted? Based on if there's a history of boneheadedness, Probably. Might be better to put this guy in the jail.

At the same time sometimes frustration places head up rear and blacks out common sense. Who knows what was going on in the deputies head. Maybe he has personal problems at home or had a loss in the family and didn't have his head where it should have been. Maybe he recently pumped some kids chest who had overdosed and thought the kid was on drugs. Maybe he's just an ass. Who knows.

He should have known better, but don't be so quick to judge all of our local law enforcement. Just as with any place of work there's always at least one arrogant jerk nobody likes. That jerk paints everyone else in a similar light.

And public record it is. Just go to the Sheriffs Office and ask for a copy of the incident report.