A lawsuit filed by a guardian ad litem in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a New Mexico policeman stands accused of tasering a 10-year old because the child refused to clean his patrol car.

According to Courthouse News Service:

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.

Apparently after asking the boy and his friends who would like to clean out his car, the boy said he didn't want to.

Officer Webb allegedly took out his taser and pointed it at the boy and said, "Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police."

He then allegedly shot two barbs into the boy's chest and delivered 50,000 volts to the child. He then allegedly removed the barbs himself, instead of calling for emergency medical personnel, causing scarring to the boy, that the plaintiffs claims appear like "cigarette burns" on his chest.

The boy, whose weight is less than 100 pounds, blacked out.

Higgins said that the tasing has given the boy post-traumatic stress syndrome and causes him to wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety, grasping at his chest.

Punitive damages are being sought in the case for the boy for battery, failure to render emergency medical care, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention.

I'd say this police officer's career should be over if the allegations are true. It certainly would be in our town.

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