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Deputy uses Taser on angry parent

Thursday, February 28, 2008 | 7:10 p.m. CST; updated 6:59 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — A Cole County deputy tasered an angry parent twice Thursday morning when he refused to leave a middle school, Sheriff Greg White said.

Ricky Campbell, 43, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, peace disturbance and resisting arrest.

At about 8:10 a.m., Cole County School Resource Officer Joe Essen received a call regarding an angry parent at Russellville Middle School.

Essen attempted to arrest Campbell when he refused to leave, but he resisted, White said.

The deputy then deployed his Taser.

“If they don’t (comply), additional force is going to be used,” White said. “Taser is an available option and if they don’t comply at that point, then the trigger can be pulled again, and that’s what happened.”

A second deputy had just arrived on the scene when the man was being taken into custody, White said.

White said Campbell has a child at the school.

Campbell remained at the Cole County Jail on $25,000 bond Thursday.


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