OOPS! Cop Uses Taser On 10-Year-OldMonica Bielanko
That’s quite an accident, Officer Webb!
The Alburquerque, New Mexico police officer is accused of using a Taser on a 10-year-old boy after the kid refused to wash the officer’s cruiser.
According to Yahoo, Officer Christopher Webb was visiting the boy’s elementary school for a career day last May. The lawsuit against the officer states that Webb asked a group of students if they wanted to wash his patrol car. The boy jokingly refused and Webb pointed the stun gun at him and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.”
The Taser discharged, the boy was hit in the chest with two barbs and 50,000 volts of electricity and lost consciousness.
The lawsuit says Webb acted in a “reckless manner.” Webb says it was an accident that the Taser discharged. Accident or not, pointing a Taser at a kid is acting in a reckless manner, in my book. His bosses agreed because he was suspended without pay for three days.
So why the lawsuit? Apparently the boy has PTSD and wakes up afraid and clutching his chest. As the Albuquerque Journal reports, “according to the lawsuit, the places where the barbs pierced the boy’s skin now look like cigarette burns.”
The family wants compensation and punitive damages.
What do you think? Even if the cop was reckless, he didn’t intentionally stun the kid. He also helped bring the boy to the nurse’s office, and stayed with him until his mother arrived. What say you? Is the lawsuit a bit much or completely justified?
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