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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good Taser abuse story, so this was probably overdue.

On April 26, third grade teacher Janice Wells called 911 when she thought a prowler was lurking outside her home in Georgia.

Shortly after police arrived, the 57-year-old woman was tased 12 times and left screaming in pain.

“All of it’s just unreal to me. I was scared to death,” Wells told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He kept tasing me and tasing me. My fingernails are still burned. My leg, back and my butt had a long scar on it for days.”

Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department was called in to back up an officer from the Richland Police Department because the sheriff’s office had no deputies to send.

Smith has resigned over the shocking incident while the other officer involved, Tim Murphy of the Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on the victim.

Wells is considering filing a lawsuit, and many are left wondering if this was a racial incident.  She is black and the police officers are white.

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In the video below, you can clearly hear Wells begging, “Don’t do that! Don’t do that!”

“Get in the car. Get in the car. You’re going to get it again,” Smith says just before you hear more clicking as the Taser is fired at Wells again.

“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” Wells begs.

At one point, the moron shocks himself, “Shit! It’s getting me,” he says. He then asks Officer Murphy if he had maced her yet.

“Yeah, she took a load of it,” Murphy replies.

Remarkably, Smith still thinks he did the right thin.

“I did what I had to do to take control of the situation,” he says.  Through some miraculous botch in the system, he actually has a job again – working for the Chattahoochee County Sheriff’s office.

On April 28, the Richland Police Department fired Murphy, who was the first officer to arrive at Wells’ home. He declined to comment stating he was informed there was an open investigation.

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