Officer Suspended for Ticketing Child

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By Kelli Sutterman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Metro Louisville police officer who ticketed a 7-year-old boy for hitting his truck with a ball has been suspended for 15 days.

The Courier-Journal reports an internal affairs investigation shows Officer Cody Chapelle violated department policies in the October 2009 incident.

Chapelle wrote the boy a citation, charging him with third-degree criminal mischief.

Police Chief Robert White said on Wednesday that one of the department's greatest assets is common sense and said Chapelle showed none in writing the ticket.

White said the citation was appropriately thrown out of court.

Chapelle's attorney, Mary Sharp, says her client will appeal the suspension.

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