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Cop Tasers 10-Year-Old During Career Day

New Mexico cop taser 10-year-old

A police officer used his Taser gun on a 10-year-old boy during “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School.

The child had jokingly refused to clean Officer Chris Webb’s patrol car, and Webb responded by taking out his Taser and saying, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” Webb then allegedly fired two barbs at the child, sending 50,000 volts of electricity into his chest and causing the boy to black out.

Instead of calling emergency personnel, Webb pulled the barbs out and took the child to the principal’s office. The boy, R.D., now has scars that were described as resembling cigarette burns.

“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,” the boy’s guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins said.

A representative for R.D. said he has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the May 4 incident. Higgins said the child “has woken up in the middle of the night holding his chest, afraid he is never going to wake up again.”

A complaint was filed against Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and both are now being sued by Higgins on the child’s behalf. Higgins is seeking punitive damages for battery, failure to render emergency medical care, unreasonable seizure, excessive force, and negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention.

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13 Responses to “Cop Tasers 10-Year-Old During Career Day”

  1. Robert Johnson

    Pretty standard mentality and an accurate introduction to the career. As far as intelligence, in police departments in the United States, those that appear to have too much via testing are disqualified from police work lower than detective.

  2. Michelle Renee Robinson

    LOL at Tim Morar. You never know. Seems like more and more each day someone is showing some sort of mental defect to excuse themselves from foolish well stupid choices.

  3. Cheryl Sindoni Abbott

    That poor child! He will have to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder probably for the rest of his life. I don't think the best psychiatrist in the WORLD can help him.

  4. Jed Barnett

    A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. … “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.” … Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training. The average score nationally for police officers is 20 to 21, the equivalent of an IQ just below average. … But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover. Yes a way to reduce job turnover or a means to acquire a brutal force of mindless thugs to do your bidding.

  5. Kevin Kohlhagen

    Well… I hope that kid is preparing his Harvard application while he sits inside his new Bentley. Wait minute, he will probably have people prepare it for him now….

  6. Steve Soerens

    I have always had this idea that the taser was invented as a step between the night stick and the pistol: the night stick requires the cop to be right up to the purported law breaker which is extremely dangerous to the cop, while the pistol allows the cop to keep his/her distance but is too easily deadly in the instantaneous stress of a suddenly violent confrontation. This is a very large gap between the two responses, and the taser was to help bridge that gap: the cop doesn't have to risk a close-in battle, and the shot is not deadly.

    Which raises what should be a universal question: if the cop did not have the taser, should he/she have used a night stick or a pistol? Without the taser, should he have clubbed this 10-year old, or should he have shot him?

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