Bakersfield Officer Placed on Paid Leave After Allegedly Tickling Feet of Man Shot Dead by Police

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A Bakersfield police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly tickled the feet of a man shot dead by police and said, “tickle, tickle.”

The public entrance to the Bakersfield Police Department is seen in a photo dated from Sept. 2012. (Credit: David Seibold/Flickr via Creative Commons)

The public entrance to the Bakersfield Police Department is seen in a photo dated from Sept. 2012. (Credit: David Seibold/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Bakersfield police spokesman Sgt. Joe Grubbs confirmed that Officer Aaron Stringer was on leave from the department and that an internal affairs investigation was underway.

Stringer is accused of grabbing Ramiro James Villegas’ head and touching his feet as he lay dead on a gurney, the Bakersfield Californian reported. He reportedly told another officer that he “loves playing with dead bodies,” the newspaper reported.

A trainee apparently was so disturbed by Stringer’s comments that she reported it to her superiors, said attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing Villegas’ family in a claim against the department.

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