A police officer in New Mexico is facing a lawsuit from a family who claims he used a taser gun on their 10-year-old son during a school career day after the boy jokingly refused to scrub the officer’s car. The boy, R.D., was knocked unconscious and is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic shock, according to the Courthouse News.
Chris Webb, a New Mexico Department of Public safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer, allegedly sent more than 50,000 volts into the boy, who weighs about 100 pounds. Instead of contacting medical personnel after pulling the taser barbs from R.D., the suit alleges, Officer Webb carried him into the principal’s office.
“Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit,” the lawsuit claims. “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.”
Salon reported that Webb was only given a three-day suspension by the police department despite causing scars the lawsuit compared to 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,” R.D.’s lawyer said. She also claimed he wakes in the middle of the night clutching his chest.
This incident comes after a police officer last month in England accidentally tasered a 61-year-old man who was carrying a cane, which the authorities mistook for a samurai sword. Later, another man with a samurai sword was arrested in the area and police said they had “deep regret” for the incident involving the elderly man.