Police officers have a variety of tools at their disposal for making sure they are able to do their jobs. One of those tools is the taser, a device capable of delivering powerful, mostly non-fatal, electric shocks from a distance. Officers are trained in the safe use of the device, as well as when it is appropriate to use it.
One thing that isn't included in the training is what to do when you accidentally taze your partner, but that is what happened during an arrest on Thanksgiving of last year. The officers involved were responding to a domestic violence situation which turned into pulling the suspect from his vehicle. It was during the struggle on the ground that the accident occurred.
During the struggle, one officer pulls out his taser before pulling the trigger and releasing the electrically charged metal prongs. One hit the suspect, but the other found its way into the other officer's side.
There was a lot of confusion from that point as the officer who was hit with the stun gun writhes on the ground in pain. You can hear him ask his partner to release the trigger on the taser, but that would also mean that the suspect would no longer be under the control of the electricity.
Once more cops arrived on scene, the situation was brought under control and the suspect was successfully arrested. He was charged with resisting arrest, a charge to which he pleaded "not guilty." The cop who was hit with the taser was transported to hospital for precautionary reasons, but he was later released and expected to make a complete recovery.
There is no word if the officer who accidentally injured his partner will face any form of disciplinary action.