Mobile police chief regrets arrest of deaf man

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile Police Chief Phillip Garrett says an officer was justified in using a Taser to subdue a deaf, mentally disabled man, but says the officer was wrong to order his arrest.

Garrett, at a news conference Wednesday, expressed regret over the arrest of Antonio Love, saying police should have taken him home to his family after discovering his physical and mental disabilities.

The arresting officer, Lt. Kevin Rodgers, was put on administrative leave after questions were raised about the arrest last month.

Love's mother, Phyllis Love, referred questions to Birmingham lawyer Thomas James, who said the family is "very disappointed" with internal investigation's findings.

Rodgers is on leave pending a hearing before a three-member trial board, which would likely occur within two weeks.

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