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Post by HiJo on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:29 am

Two US officers called to subdue a violent 10-year-old boy have been suspended after one used a stun gun on the child and another slapped him in the mouth.

The child suffered no significant injuries, but both officers were placed on paid administrative leave while police in Indiana investigate the confrontation.

Martinsville police chief Jon Davis said he believed the officers could have controlled the six-and-a-half-stone boy without using force.

"I think they could have just restrained the young man," he said at a news conference. "Just held him down. Might have ended the situation.

The sheriff's department has taken over the investigation, and the police department would hold an internal review of the incident, Mr Davis said.

Capt William Jennings, who has been a policeman for 36 years, and Officer Darren Johnson responded to a call to find the boy, who was not identified, hitting, kicking and spitting on a caretaker as she held him down at a day care centre, according to police reports. Another woman, identified as the boy's guardian was also present.

The officers tried to restrain the boy, but he remained violent and kicked Officer Johnson, according to police. In a written report, the officer said he showed the child his Taser stun gun and pushed the button to display the zap of electricity. He warned he would use the gun if the boy did not settle down.

The boy then lunged at his guardian and Officer Johnson said he used his stun gun for one to two seconds. Capt Jennings' report said the boy then calmed down.

The officers were not immediately available to comment on the case.

Stun guns could be safely used on children, although the public may not find that acceptable, said Steve Tuttle, spokesman for Taser International.

I'd like to have seen a videotape of the whole incident before commenting because in black and white it looks bad for the police. And saying the boy weighed only 6 1/2 stones makes it look even worse, but we don't know exactly how he was behaving. If he only got tasered after he lunged at his guardian, perhaps he was out of the officers' reach and they did it to prevent the guardian being assaulted? I don't know, I'd be interested to hear how the investigation turns out.
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Post by Lou on Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:37 pm

Surely at 6 1/2 stone two police officers could have just picked him up and put him in a car until he calmed down a bit.

I think the Yanks whether they're police or armed forces just like to throw their weight around, and don't use their brains.

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