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Cop Tasers Little Boy [Cop tasers 10 year old for refusing to clean patrol car]
Courthouse News ^ | October 30, 2012 | Unknown

Posted on 10/30/2012 9:32:02 PM PDT by Altariel

SANTA FE, N.M. (CN) - A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court. 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. Higgins says the Tasing gave the boy post-traumatic stress syndrome, and that "The boy, R.D., has woken up in the middle of the night holding his chest, afraid he is never going to wake up again." She adds: "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." She seeks punitive damages for the boy for battery, failure to render emergency medical care, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention. Higgins and R.D. are represented by the Kennedy Law Firm, of Albuquerque.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; newmexico; santafe; taser

1 posted on 10/30/2012 9:32:07 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

some people just need killing...


2 posted on 10/30/2012 9:35:07 PM PDT by babygene
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To: Altariel
Here's the story on TheSmokingGun.com:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documen...ers-kid-687452

According to the affidavit the cop:

1. Admits he did it.

2. Claims it was "an accident."

3 Admits taking the kid (who had been rendered unconscious according to the complaint, although the officer disputes this) to the restroom "to clean him up" rather than seeking immediate medical attention.

3 posted on 10/30/2012 9:36:03 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

I find this very hard to believe.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 9:40:44 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Altariel

No pics of the perp?

Smoking Gun usually manages to have that...


5 posted on 10/30/2012 9:41:29 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Altariel

If you think city “rent a cops” are bad, just think of all the wonderful government training and selection process of the TSA, and yeah maybe Homeland security agents will respect the constitution...

City Cops in most Cities are nothing more than fancy Mall Security....

I would rather be pulled over by a county sheriff’s car than ANY city cop.

We need more elected Sheriffs and less City Police Commissioners that are picked by corrupt city Mayors. (usually in liberal enclaves)


6 posted on 10/30/2012 9:42:12 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

NM Ping.

Aren’t you glad we don’t give them guns... oh, wait.
[/sarc]


7 posted on 10/30/2012 9:42:46 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Altariel

It must be true because you just couldn’t make this up. I can hardly believe it could even happen under any circumstance.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 9:44:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Altariel

It must be true because you just couldn’t make this up. I can hardly believe it could even happen under any circumstance.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 9:44:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: andyk
Wow. So according to the Smoking Gun, here's the memo from the officer, at least the first page.
10 posted on 10/30/2012 9:46:18 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

This in no way new. It isn’t that long ago a cop was videotaped telling people that “this is not America anymore” to shut them up.


11 posted on 10/30/2012 9:48:59 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Altariel

Yeah it was an “accident”.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 9:50:02 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Hardraade

Officer Does Not Like anti-Obama Poster: “It ain’t [America] no more, OK?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIKPKjl0-pg


13 posted on 10/30/2012 9:52:54 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
In order to fire a taser you have to take the safety off and then the trigger is only about 4 pounds, but most taser holsters automatically put the safety on when you holster if for no other reason then to turn the battery off.

This guy should expect to get fired and should expect to get sued.

14 posted on 10/30/2012 9:59:40 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Altariel

I guess the cops boot were already clean and didn’t need licking?


15 posted on 10/30/2012 10:02:12 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1379 of the Obama Regime - Barack Hussein Obama an enemy BOTH foreign AND domestic)
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To: Altariel

are we forcing children to work for government agencies now?


16 posted on 10/30/2012 10:05:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: USNBandit

It’s the taxpayers who will be sued and pay big bucks, dang taxpayers with tasers


17 posted on 10/30/2012 10:09:03 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel

If your words don’t phase’m then you can tase’m.


18 posted on 10/30/2012 10:20:03 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Hardraade
In our little podunk town, a policeman arrested a person and when they asked if they were going to Mirandize them, he said you have been watching too much TV.

When she asked for a lawyer, he said, we don't do that around here.

Prosecutor dropped the charges and expunged the record. Said that she should have never been arrested to begin with. Cop just got mad cause he thought she wasn't respectful enough.

19 posted on 10/30/2012 10:41:50 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: USNBandit
Taser Gun should not normal hand gun safety rules apply to this device also.
1.Always assume it is loaded

If he is this careless with taser- wonder how long before he accidentally kills a citizen with the real gun.

20 posted on 10/30/2012 11:08:52 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: andyk
Second page

Money quote

I don't recall pulling the trigger on the taser, this was a accident. I have had a taser cartridge discharge in the trunk of the previous unit I was issued, while closing the trunk.

21 posted on 10/30/2012 11:10:40 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: GeronL

In this case its the STUPIDOS in NM who hired people like this. They can then vote out whomever did so on their behalf. What would you propose otherwise? A day of being “wireless” dart wired to a Tazer with the juice going ON randomly, might give the pig inspiration to think.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 11:12:31 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: All

Obviously the cop couldn’t find a dog to shoot that day so he tased a kid instead.

Police in this country are out of control. Whatever happened “To protect and serve”? Now it’s “To demand respect and tase”.


23 posted on 10/30/2012 11:16:50 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To former friends and relatives. Don't ever contact me if you still support obama.)
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To: GeronL

The department will be sued, but when negligent most law enforcement pay for their own defense and settlements. That’s why a lot of law enforcement officers carry liability insurance.


24 posted on 10/30/2012 11:30:47 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Altariel

I have an easy Fix for this...

Publish the Names Addresses and PH numbers for the entire Police Force ... now when little Johnny gets Tased or somebodies Dog gets shot, just mention the Cops name and then Dad and the entire Community knows where to find the PUNK

TT


25 posted on 10/30/2012 11:47:44 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: GeronL


Retarded Policeman #8: Tazer/
26 posted on 10/30/2012 11:49:06 PM PDT by goron (It's better to live on your feet than to die on your knees.)
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To: X-spurt; goron

goron- LOL

X- True, NM is one of the states where the public are begging for it


27 posted on 10/30/2012 11:54:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel

Unions.

Strong unions


28 posted on 10/31/2012 12:32:51 AM PDT by NoLibZone (I know what it is to be Black,to be hated for who I am, more so than Whoppi does. I'm a Republican.)
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To: USNBandit

Agree. How many people in the history of the world who are doing hard time for murder explain their actions with “the gun just went off”? Basically that they had pointed a gun at someone and that then the gun decided to spontaneously fire itself. No different here.


29 posted on 10/31/2012 5:56:41 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Altariel

SANTA FE, N.M. (CN) - A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.

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.

Higgins says the Tasing gave the boy post-traumatic stress syndrome, and that “The boy, R.D., has woken up in the middle of the night holding his chest, afraid he is never going to wake up again.”

She adds: “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.”

She seeks punitive damages for the boy for battery, failure to render emergency medical care, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention.

Higgins and R.D. are represented by the Kennedy Law Firm, of Albuquerque.

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Fixed. Apologies for the blog of text in the first post.


30 posted on 10/31/2012 6:17:07 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

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31 posted on 10/31/2012 6:23:28 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Sounds like the script from Reno 911.

Kids lawyers are gonna make lunch meat out of Officer Numbnuts.

32 posted on 10/31/2012 6:24:30 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Terry Mross

Ahhh, but you assumed the public was the group to be protected and served.

It is the State, Comrade! It is the State!

(Do I really need a sarc tag? )


33 posted on 10/31/2012 6:49:13 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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bmfl


34 posted on 10/31/2012 8:49:49 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Ha! Of course there’s another side of the story BUT IMO all unintended discharges are negligent, outside of the extremely rare case of product defect). Don’t know if the stupid cop deserves to hang but should (and hopefully did) receive serious remedial training. Meanwhile, the victim should win his suit.


35 posted on 10/31/2012 6:53:13 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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To: GeronL
are we forcing children to work for government agencies now?

"It's not involuntary servitude," the DA explained, "because the officer was volunteering the services of the boy it was a voluntary action. The boy and his parents should be glad that the officer doesn't take them to small claims court for violation of their verbal contract."

36 posted on 10/31/2012 7:55:15 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

The officer was volunteering the services of the boy

is this a NAMBLA meeting?


37 posted on 10/31/2012 8:15:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
The officer was volunteering the services of the boy is this a NAMBLA meeting?

Heh - I should have included the sarcasm tag, just illustrating the government/police can do no wrong mentality and rationalization.

38 posted on 10/31/2012 8:31:55 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Altariel

My guess is the officer was just trying to jokingly do the “respect my authoritie” bit and had an AD.

First rule of weapons “don’t point it at anything you are not about to kill.”

He failed badly.

He needs to lose his right to possess a weapon period.


39 posted on 10/31/2012 8:34:07 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Clay Moore

There is no such thing as an “accidental discharge”. He may claim negligent discharge, but based on the details, he deliberately discharged his weapon.

He behaved foolishly, criminally and unprofessionally.

Were he not a government employee, he likely would have received his termination papers months ago.


40 posted on 10/31/2012 8:42:26 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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