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New Mexico Police Officer ‘Accidently’ Tased a 10-Year-Old Boy at School’s Career Day

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Accidents happen, but most the time they can be avoided. For example, this situation. where a New Mexico Police Officer used a Taser a 10-year-old boy after he refused to wash the officer’s car.

Back in May, Officer Christopher Webb was visiting Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School for career day. While speaking to a group of boys, Officer Webb allegedly asked “who would like to clean his patrol unit”. One boy, just simply identified as R.D., refused the comedic gesture from the officer and in response, Officer Webb pointed his Taser at R.D., allegedly saying, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” He then shot two barbs into R.D.’s chest, penetrating the boy’s shirt and delivering 50,000 volts into the his body leaving cigarette like burns.

R.D. told ABC News: “He grabbed the wires, he yanked them and it came out of the prongs, and then he went up to me and he ripped the prongs out of my chest.”

Instead of calling for emergency medical personnel, the officer then took him to the restroom to wash off and then to the nurses office. Webb says the Taser was accidentally discharged.

The lawsuit claims that as a result of the battery, the boy now has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the child’s privacy, filed a lawsuit on October 26. Officer Webb was suspended for three days without pay.

[Via Courthouse News Service and ABC News]

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