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Loganville Waffle House waiter sues over Taser use

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An employee at a Loganville Waffle House says a Gwinnett County police officer stunned him with a Taser for amusement and the worker has filed a lawsuit against the department over the incident.

The department's internal investigation records show that the officer used the weapon like a toy with tacit approval from two superior officers.

Worker Daniel Wilson, 22, spoke publicly about the encounter last week. The incident led to the arrest of Cpl. Gary Miles, 33, and the resignations of Sgt. Christopher Parry, 41, and Sgt. Joey Parkerson, 39.

None of the officers could be reached for comment because their phone numbers are unlisted and no one could be reached at the Waffle House corporate headquarters in Norcross.

Wilson said the restaurant provided police with free food and all three officers were regulars there. He said the officers often pointed the red laser from their Taser at him playfully when he picked a song they didn't like on the jukebox or when telling him not to mess up their order.

"It was uncomfortable, but they are my customers and they tip pretty well," Wilson said. "I just thought they were being foolish."

Wilson said he was chatting with Parry and Parkerson on Feb. 16 when Miles came up behind him and zapped him with the Taser.

"I remember feeling the pulse go through my body," Wilson said. "It hurt."

Gwinnett police checked the data recording from Miles' Taser and found it was fired for one second at 2:48 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Miles told investigators that he only "spark tested" the Taser near the employee's back "just to scare him a little bit," according to the internal investigation file.

Parry and Parkerson witnessed the incident but didn't report it, according to authorities. They told investigators they didn't realize the Taser made contact with Wilson's body.

Miles was arrested June 18 on charges of misdemeanor battery and violating his oath as an officer. Parry and Parkerson resigned in lieu of termination the next day. Police are also investigating allegations that a fourth officer pointed a Taser at Wilson's groin during an earlier incident.