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Haskell officer fired.

February 18, 2012

The Haskell Police Department is one officer lighter after the recent firing of Brandon Carter.
According to Chief Mike Holt, Carter was terminated on Jan. 24 for violating a departmental policy.
Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey added that Carter was dismissed specifically for violating the department's Taser policy.
Arey said "there was a complaint made and there was an internal investigation" that ultimately ended Carter's tenure as a Haskell officer.
Arey noted that no person was injured due to Carter's actions.
"The Taser was never discharged in a manner that caused injury to anyone," Arey said. "No one was actually Tased."
Plans to replace Carter already are in progress, including an advertisement in The Saline Courier that ended on Wednesday. Arey also said that he, along with Holt, city aldermen and possibly a sergeant from the police department will meet next week to review the applications before making a decision.
"We certainly want our officers to follow proper procedures," Arey said. "We take (department) policies and procedures very seriously, and we want our officers to adhere to them."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Courier staff writer Matt Burks also contributed to this story. More information about the issue will be reported as it becomes available.

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