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Charges Against Tasered Woman Dropped

Charges were dismissed today against a northeast Ohio woman who was handcuffed and tasered by a patrolman whose actions were recorded by police dashboard video.

The Warren officer who arrested 38-year-old Heidi Gill outside a bar has been fired for lying to investigators in an unrelated traffic stop.

Richard Kovach had refused to testify against the tasered woman on the advice of his attorney. The FBI is currently investigating the matter, and Kovach himself may face federal charges.

A video made from a cruiser shows Kovach using a Taser on the woman as she screams and tries to kick out a rear window of the patrol car.

The officer got a two-month suspension in the stun gun case.

Tracy Timko Rose, the Warren Assistant City Prosecutor, said the city was prepared to go forward with charges against Gill but that Kovach's unavailability to testify forced them to drop the case.

"Had he been here we would have pursued the matter," she told CBS Affiliate WKBN "We believe there was probable cause. We believe should he testify the charges would be substantiated. But without his testimony we cannot prove the charges against her."

Gill's attorney, Mark Hanni, believes Kovach will face federal charges.

"The torture he put Miss Gill through is just totally unexcuseable and cannot be tolerated in the United States of America," Hanni told WKBN.

Gill may not be off the hook for good; charges could be reinstated if Kovach is cleared in the investigation.

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