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Sheriff's office investigating after woman was stunned for not removing earrings

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Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has opened an internal investigation after a 60-year-old woman was stunned with Taser at the jail for not removing her earrings.

“Anytime a Taser is deployed, Internal Affairs gets a use of force report. Internal Affairs reviews those [reports,]” said Capt. Bill Johnson, who oversees the division. He said this incident is under investigation to determine if excessive force was used.

Nancy Mason was booked into the jail on March 21 on a charge of theft. Local court records show this is her first offense. In her mug shot, her injured arm cradled is in a sling.

She told Channel 3 she was moving to take her earrings out when she felt the current from the Taser prongs travel up her body.

“I didn't even see it coming,” she said.

Unable to move, she collapsed to the floor in the intake area of the jail. She fell to the ground breaking her arm in three different places.

“I'm hurting now,” said Mason, who is now on her third cast. “It won't stay set.”

Mason said she never threatened corrections officers. She said she doesn't understand why a corrections officer decided to stun her.

Johnson said he has not been briefed on all the details of the case and that more information would be available at a later date.

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