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Police Officer Tases 10-Year-Old Boy At Career Day

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There are some people who just shouldn’t be allowed to be police officers. And here’s a perfect example.

A New Mexico police officer is now facing a lawsuit after he tased a 10-year-old boy during career day at a local intermediate school.

Officer Christopher Webb pointed the stun gun at the boy after the boy made a joke and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police,” according to the lawsuit filed Friday against the state Department of Public Safety.

The officer contends his stun gun went off by accident while he was showing it to a group of students, according to Department of Public Safety documents.

Webb, who is also named in the suit, received a three-day, unpaid suspension in connection with the incident, according to documents provided by the law firm bringing the suit.

Eric Shelton, chief of the state motor transportation police, said he could not comment on pending litigation but said the department is aware of the incident. He also confirmed the unpaid suspension.

Webb did not return calls seeking comment.

According to the lawsuit, Webb was presenting at a career day program at Tularosa Intermediate School, which serves students in third through sixth grade. He asked a group of students if they would like to clean his patrol car, and according to the suit, the 10-year-old victim “jokingly” said he did not want to.

The parents of the victim are now pressing charges against the officer, claiming that their child is now suffering from “symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder” after the incident.

I don’t care if he was joking or not, this was horrible judgement on the part of the police officer. Whether it’s a gun or a taser, you do not point a weapon at somebody if you do not intend to use it. And I don’t buy the whole “taser going off by accident” excuse. I own a taser, and I can you tell you there are just too many precautions built into that taser for it to just accidentally go off. This guy completely neglected his training and really should have been fired, not just suspended.

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