From the Salon:
Officer Chris Webb was attending “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School when he sent 50,000 volts of electricity into the child’s chest on the playground. The young boy blacked out and has, according to his legal representative, been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ever since; the officer faces a civil suit.
According to the complaint, Webb shot his Taser at the child (referred to only as “R.D.”) after he said he did not want to join fellow classmates in cleaning the officer’s patrol car.
Well in Officer Webb’s defense, the little brat wouldn’t help wash his car. From Courthouse News:
“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.
Officer Webb sure showed that kid! No better way to get children to respect the police than by shooting them with 50k volts. At least we can rest safe knowing that Officer Webb is out of a job, right? Suspended without pay until a full investigation is completed? Hell, suspended with pay until the civil suit is taken care of? Nope, but don’t worry. It was an accident!
Following the May 4 incident, Webb, who claims he accidentally discharged the Taser, was given only a three-day suspension.
Giving Officer Webb every single possible benefit of the doubt and assuming that it was indeed an accidental discharge, he still pointed a taser at a 10 year old boy! But hey, the boys in blue protect their own and everything turns out for the best. New Mexico keeps an officer on the force, the boy deals with PTSD from the incident, and Officer Webb learns the valuable lesson that his badge allows him to get away with anything short of murder. What a system!