The Lima News
Strike one: A Taser gun was missing for at least five days from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and no one in the department knew about it, with the exception of the person who misplaced it.
Strike two: The stun gun was found by a Lima middle school student near an RTA bus stop at Cable and Allentown roads.
Strike three! The student handed the Taser to his principal, Steve Carr, the same day it was found, and Carr kept the Taser for five days before turning it over to police.
“It’s embarrassing for the sheriff’s office and for myself that this Taser comes up missing and nobody came to a supervisor and said they lost a Taser,” Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish said.
Amen to that.
How a weapon could be lost for such a long period of time without anyone knowing about it is beyond us. It certainly points to the need to improve procedures for checking out weapons.
It also doesn’t say much for the deputy who lost the weapon and failed to file a report. It’s almost as if he or she was more concerned about being reprimanded than about the Taser falling into the wrong hands.
There also is the principal, who messed around with the Taser for five days before turning it over to the sheriff’s office.
Not a good series of events.
The only positive thing to come out of the Tale of the Taser was Crish’s reaction when contacted by The Lima News. Allen County’s top lawman was straightforward in answering the questions. Other community leaders, faced with a similar situation, would have tried to bob and weave their way out of the embarrassment, using excuses like “the reports locked up so I cannot comment” or simply issuing a “no comment.”
Crish even tried to offer an explanation of what might have have happened.
“I don’t know whether a deputy came in and got a Taser after roll call and just simply forgot to go to the supervisor and say, ‘Assign the Taser to me,’” Crish said. “Obviously, somebody took the Taser out, and it was never assigned out.”
By not taking responsibility for his or her mistake, that person has opened the rest of the department to ridicule.