"It's considered a tool," Smith said. He later added, "It was probably not the smartest thing to do."
Smith said Thompson had violated his rights by starting an investigation into his duties as a police officer without telling him.
A young man from the East Bank Volunteer Fire Department also told the council he was Tasered by Smith.
"He Tasered me because it was my birthday," the firefighter said, adding that his back was turned when Smith used the Taser on him.
"It didn't hurt me. I had no problem with it, it didn't hurt," he said.
Smith characterized that incident as "horseplay."
"We beat on each other all the time, don't we?" he said, looking at the firefighter.
East Bank Police Chief Jess Inclenrock said he knew about the incident with the firefighter from August, but not about the incident with White. He said he didn't fill out any kind of report on the incident, but told Smith, "Don't play games with a Taser."
Council members went behind closed doors to discuss discipline for Smith. They emerged and said they were forming a three-person panel to investigate the matter, as required by town law.
Thompson asked the council to protect the individuals who spoke before it from the police department. "They are scared," he said.
One man stood up to address the council.
"If you are out here carrying on, you are not going to get any respect from the citizens," he said to Smith. "There is no control in this town, and there hasn't been for several years."
Reach Gary Harki at 348-5163 or gha...@wvgazette.com.