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Ex-trooper charged had other Taser misconduct

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Michigan State Police tried but failed to suspend a trooper for his use of a stun gun months before he fired a Taser at a Detroit teenager who died.

Records released to The Associated Press show state police wanted to suspend Mark Bessner for 10 days for firing his Taser at a handcuffed man who was fleeing in 2016. But an arbitrator ruled in Bessner's favor.

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In 2014, Bessner fired his Taser at another suspect who was also handcuffed. Records show he agreed to a five-day suspension, but four days were eventually dropped. It apparently was Bessner's first case of misconduct.

Bessner now is charged with second-degree murder. In August, 15-year-old Damon Grimes crashed an all-terrain vehicle in Detroit and died after he was struck by a Taser.

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