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Shocking gimmick: Police chief to be tased for $$

One of Knightstown's police cruisers.

One of Knightstown's police cruisers.

Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker needs a new squad car, which might not be a tall order for a big-town police station, but for a town with a population of just over¬†2,000, the remaining $9,000 necessary to get the cruiser isn’t a shoe-in. So to get donations, the chief has decided to submit to a public tasing.

This does not mean you get to donate $5 and tase the chief of police for fun. Rather, at a free fundraising event in the gym at the middle school, the chief, 63, who is presumably in good heart health, and has his last will and testament up to date, will have a detective tase him to show the effects of having 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity run through the human body. There will be detectives there to steady him and EMTs standing by just in case.

“It’s a shame we have to go to the extent of having fundraisers and getting electrified and so forth, but with small-town budgets you have to do something to get by.” Baker speaks from experience. Five years ago at a fundraiser, he was reportedly tased to raise $500 for new police equipment. He recently told the media that being tased is like being punched in the back of the head 20 times a second, for five seconds; and it leaves you immobilized, prone and sore.

Jay Stearns, a local business owner is looking forward to the stunt,¬†”Everybody’s going to be there — not just because it’s a fundraiser but because we’re all going to enjoy watching him drop to the floor like a 100-pound bag of potatoes.”

The event is tonight. We hope they get their $9,000.

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