Police officer shoots 10-year-old after refusing to clean patrol car

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By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A police officer shot a 10-year-old boy after he refused to clean up his patrol car, according to a recent lawsuit filed in federal court.

The 10-year-old boy, who attended a Tularosa, New Mexico, Intermediate School’s Career Day, expected it to be fun and educational, but he ended up going to the emergency room.

The child, identified only as RD, fainted after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when he was hit with a police Taser.

Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the privacy of the child, filed a lawsuit on October 26 in the first Judicial District Court of Santa Fe County, against the police officer Chris Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of RD, alleging that Webb fired his electronic gun at the child on May 4, 2012.

Webb has been charged with assault, failure to provide emergency medical care, unreasonable seizure and excessive force.

Higgins will appear in court to represent the child, because the members of the family live in a small town and do not want to reveal their identity.

The lawsuit alleges that the police drove their patrol car into the middle school campus, where Webb asked a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol car.

RD raised his hand to say he would not wipe his police car.

Webb said: "Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police." Then he fired his Taser on the boy's chest, the family's attorney Shannon Kennedy of Kennedy Signature Albuquerque, said.

Kennedy said that instead of calling paramedics, who were also on campus for the Career Day event, Webb pulled the Taser prongs out of the boy's chest.

"He grabbed the wires, and the prongs were left inside me. Then he came up to me and tore the prongs out of my chest," RD said.

The boy said that the officer then took him to the bathroom to wash him and then to the nurse's office.

"RD's mother came to school in a state of absolute shock and took him to the emergency room,"
Kennedy said.

The complaint alleges that as a result of the battery, the child now has symptoms of PTSD.

"He wakes up in the middle of the night holding his chest afraid his heart will stop," Kennedy said. "He says, ‘Mommy I'm afraid I will never wake up again.’”

According to the police report, Webb said a group of students had asked him to show them his Taser gun, and when he pulled it out, he accidentally shot and hit RD in the chest.

Webb says in the report that he immediately turned off the power switch, removed the cartridge and put the Taser gun on the floor.



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