Fake Tasering Costs Police Officer's Job

POST FALLS, Idaho - A Post Falls police officer has been fired for pulling a taser on one of his friends while he was on duty.

Officer Ian Johnson was fired last month for what his chief termed "bad decision making."

Just before Christmas, Officer Johnson was wrapping up a call for service at River City Physical Therapy. Johnson is a patient there and familiar with the staff and when he saw one of his friends he took the cartridge off his taser and pretended like he was going to stun the employee.

The memory chip in the taser shows it was energized for one second but the physical therapy employee was never tasered.

However witnesses heard the taser and word of the incident triggered an internal affairs investigation. Officer Johnson later admitted what happened to his bosses.

The Post Falls Police Department command staff recommended a 60-day unpaid suspension however Chief Scot Haug moved to fire the veteran officer.

Johnson, a 15 year veteran of the force, was officer of the year in 2007 and the department collision reconstruction expert.

His friends and some of his colleagues say the fake tasering was a dumb idea but think termination is too harsh a punishment.

Chief Haug said his policy is not to comment disciplinary actions.

Johnson plans to appeal his firing.