Courthouse News reports that the guardian ad litem for a 10-year-old Santa Fe resident is suing New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb for an absolutely irresponsible use of his Taser:
Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins sued the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb on behalf of the child, in Santa Fe County Court.
Higgins claims Webb used his Taser on the boy, R.D., during a May 4 "career day" visit to Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School.
"Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit," the complaint states. "A number of boys said that they would. R.D., joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit.
"Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, 'Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.'"
Webb then shot "two barbs into R.D.'s chest," the complaint states.
"Both barbs penetrated the boy's shirt, causing the device to deliver 50,000 volts into the boy's body.
"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.
Salon reports that Webb "claims he accidentally discharged the Taser" and "was given only a three-day suspension."