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Trooper caught using stun gun on teen terminated

Posted at 7:08 PM, Mar 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-29 07:29:08-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — According to Florida Highway Patrol, George Smyrnios has been dismissed by the department after he used a stun gun on a 16 year-old-boy who was waiting outside his girlfriend’s house.

The FHP trooper, Smyrnios, was dismissed after an investigation was conducted by the department.

Smyrnios is reportedly appealing a dismissal pursuant to the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the state of Florida and the Florida Police Benevolent Association according to FHP.

As previously reported, Smyrnious used the stun gun a 16-year-old, Jack Rodeman, who was just waiting for his girlfriend at her home.

Smyrnios said he did not believe the boy due to a lot of robberies in the area and also because of his black hoodie, and allegedly suspicious behavior.

According to the report, Smyrnios deployed the stun gun on the boy twice and the boy's attorney, Sawyer Smith, said that the boy had severe concussions sharp pains through his neck, through his spine along with headaches and sensitivity to light.

A Law enforcement expert and Forensic studies professor at Florida Gulf Coast University said that the trooper conducted an unlawful search and violated FHP's policy to use a stun gun.