Monday, November 5, 2012

N.M. Cop Applies 50,000 Volts to 10 Yr. Old Who Declines to Wash Cop Car

 Copied and pasted from: , November 3, 2012.

Although the media is keeping this minor's identity secret, a photograph of him shows white skin, which leads me to believe that these electrocution devices are increasingly being used on the white majority as well as Black and Latino minorities.  However, although the boy's skin appears white-colored, he could still be a member of a Latino socio-chromatic group and/or the Black socio-political group and the police officer might have been aware of that when he decided how to interact with this boy.  F.L.H.

"A 10-year-old boy attending a Tularosa, N.M., Intermediate School's Career Day expected it to be fun and educational, but instead he ended up in the emergency room.

The boy, identified as R.D., blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer's Taser gun.

Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the child's privacy filed a lawsuit Oct. 26 in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe County against Police Officer Chris Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of R.D., claiming that Webb fired his electronic control weapon at the boy on May 4, 2012.

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

Higgins will appear in court to represent the boy because the family members live in a small town and do not want to reveal their identities.

The lawsuit claims police officers drove their patrol cars onto the intermediate school campus, where Webb asked a group of boys which one would like to clean his patrol unit.

R.D. raised his hand to say he did not want to clean the police officer's car.

Webb then said, according to the lawsuit, "Let me show what happens to people who do not listen to the police." He then "shot his Taser gun at the boy's chest," said the family's attorney Shannon Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Firm of Albuquerque."* Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break down this story, calling for severe consequences for Officer Webb's reckless use of a taser on a child.

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