published Friday, May 24th, 2013

Update: Video captures resource officer tasing a LaFayette high school girl to break up fight

Tasing in LaFayette
Youtube video shot by LaFayette student.

A LaFayette High School Resource officer is being criticized on a local blog after a YouTube video began circulating online of the officer tasing a teenage girl to break up a fight.

The fight happened outside on the high school campus at lunch on Thursday. The two girls are seen rolling on the ground hitting each other, when Resource Officer Billy Mullis yells for them to “break it up” then pulls out his Taser.

Mullis tases one of the girls and she rolls over face down on the ground.

“Officer should be suspended. Grown man can’t break up two high school females,” wrote Ryan Clark on Facebook. “Ridiculous.”

LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift said internal affairs investigated the tasing and found the use of force justified.

"I couldn't have asked for him to do anything different," Clift said.

Clift said both girls, who are 16 and 17, will be charged with affray, which is a misdemeanor.

Check back for more details throughout the day.

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