Guilty plea entered in Taser case

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

GUNTOWN – The woman who a Lee County school resource officer used a taser on in May entered a guilty plea in Guntown Municipal Court on Thursday.
Michele Eaton, 39, was sentenced to serve six months in the Lee County jail for disorderly conduct. The sentence was suspended, pending future behavior.
Eaton also will be responsible for paying a $500 fine.
Eaton’s other charges of public profanity, resisting arrest and failure to comply with a law enforcement officer have been dropped.
She signed a civil release meaning she will not press any charges against the city, school district or police department.
Eaton was zapped with a taser the morning of May 16 after using profanity in the Guntown Middle School office.
School officials said she was asked to calm down but got louder.
When the school resource officer tried to place her in handcuffs, officials say she resisted and then police used the taser.
“It was a most unfortunate incident,” said Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks. “We hate that it happened.
“I still support what officer (Tracy) Barnes did. He was carrying out his duties and his responsibilities under the guidelines. He was just doing his job.”

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