Boynton Beach police officer charged with tasing fellow officer

BOYNTON BEACH — A Boynton Beach Police officer who has a history of using a Taser as his weapon of choice, has been arrested for using a Taser improperly -yet again - this time near a fellow officer, according a police arrest report.

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David L. Coffey, 30, was charged today with improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm and culpable negligence. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, said police department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

According to the Boynton Beach Police arrest report, Coffey sneaked up behind a fellow officer on April 2, while on duty, placed his department-issued Taser behind her ear and activated it for a few seconds. Coffey told the officer that he had done so in an effort to get "back at her for an alleged incident that occurred over a month ago," the report stated.

The female officer is now being treated for hearing loss.

Coffey was fired from the Boynton Beach Police Department in 2007 after an investigation found he attacked a suspected intoxicated driver in a holding cell and later, after the man had been handcuffed, shocked him four times with a Taser. He was later rehired in December of 2008.

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