Published July 30, 2009
MOBILE, Ala. – A Mobile police officer who was involved in an incident where pepper spray and a Taser were used on a deaf and mentally disabled man has been put on administrative duty.
Mobile police gave out a statement Wednesday saying the officer's identity was not being released at this time and that the family of 37-year-old Antonio Love has filed a formal complaint with the department.
The officer used pepper spray and tasered Love while removing him from a Dollar General store bathroom where employees said he had been for more than an hour.
They then discovered Love was hearing impaired and was unable to communicate with officers while in the bathroom.
They attempted to have him booked on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer, but a magistrate refused.