Trash-Talkin Cop Tasers Ten-Year-Old Boy For Refusing To Clean Police Car?!?!?!

Posted on October 30, 2012

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New Mexico (The Gaslamp Post) – A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe County Court alleges that a police officer attending a Career Day function at a school tasered a 10-year-old child for refusing to clean his patrol car.  The boy’s guardian ad litem, (court appointed guardian – usually an attorney) Rachel Higgins is seeking punitive damages for him for battery,  failure to render emergency medical care, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, and negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention.

The suit is being brought against not only the department, but also the officer involved.

The incident reportedly took place May 4, 2012 at the Tularosa, New Mexico Intermediate School.  According to Courthouse News, the boy, identified only as R.D. was standing in the parking lot with a group of other boys when the defendant, identified as Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb, asked the boys who would like to clean his patrol car.

Many of the boys expressed excitement at the chance of being picked, but R.D. reportedly stated that he didn’t want to.  The boy later said that he was only joking.

It was at that time that Officer Webb deployed his taser from its holster and pointed it at the 10-year-old.  Officer Webb then was reported to have said to the boy, “let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.”

The officer then discharged the weapon at the boy, sending two barbs into his chest, delivering 50,000 volts to his less than 100 pound body.  He then reportedly pulled the barbs out of the child’s chest and took him to the principle’s office.

“Defendant Webb pulled the barbs out [of] the boy’s chest, causing scarring where the barbs had entered the boy’s skin that look like cigarette burns on the boy’s chest.  “The boy, who weighed less than 100 lbs., blacked out.  “Instead of calling emergency medical personnel, Officer Webb pulled out the barbs and took the boy to the school principal’s office,” the complaint states.

Since that day, the boy has had trouble sleeping, believing that if he goes to sleep, he might not wake up.  He is also reported to be showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder, and wakes up grabbing his chest.

“No reasonable officer confronting a situation where the need for force is at its lowest, on a playground with elementary age children, would have deployed the Taser in so reckless a manner as to cause physical and psychological injury,” said Higgins.

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