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US officer uses stun gun on unruly 10-year-old

US officer uses stun gun on unruly 10-year-old

Two officers called to a home day care to subdue an unruly 10-year-old have been suspended after one used a stun gun on the boy and another slapped him in the mouth, a central Indiana police chief said Thursday.
The child suffered no significant injuries. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while police investigate the confrontation Tuesday.
Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis said he believed the officers could have controlled the 94-pound (43-kilogram) boy without using force.
"I think they could have just restrained the young man," he said at a news conference. "Just held him down. Might have ended the situation."
The Sheriff's Department has taken over the investigation, and the police department plans an internal review of the incident, he said.
Capt. William Jennings, a 36-year veteran, and Officer Darren Johnson responded to a call Tuesday to find the boy, who was not identified, hitting, kicking and spitting on a caretaker as she held him down, according to police reports. Another woman, identified as the boy's guardian was also present.
The officers tried to restrain the boy, but he remained combative and kicked Johnson, according to police. In a written report, Johnson said he showed the child his stun gun and pushed the button to display the zap of electricity. He warned he would use the gun if the boy didn't settle down.
The boy then lunged at his guardian, and Johnson said he used his stun gun for 1 to 2 seconds. Jennings' report said the boy calmed down after that.
The officers were not immediately available to comment on the case.
Tuesday's incident was at least the fourth time in two years in which police across the country have used stun guns on children. A police officer in Arkansas was fired in November after using a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl. However, he wasn't fired for stunning the child but for violating department policy by failing to use a camera attached to the weapon.
Stun guns can be safely used on children, although the public may not find that acceptable, said Steve Tuttle, spokesman for Taser International Inc., which made Johnson's weapon.
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Associated Press writer Charles Wilson in Indianapolis contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-10-19 23:16 GMT+08:00