A Shocking Experience
Career Day at elementary schools across the nation can be very exciting for students as they meet new people and explore some of the jobs that could be waiting for them once they complete their educations.
The boy (R.D.) and his class were on the playground listening to a presentation by police officer Christopher Webb. At one point, Webb joked with several boys and asked if they would be willing to wash his patrol car. A number of the boys agreed, but R.D. joked that he would be unwilling to help.
At this point, and also joking himself, Officer Webb pulled out a stun gun, pointed it at R.D. and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.”
That’s when the Taser accidentally discharged and sent two probes into R.D.’s chest, pumping 50,000 volts of electricity into his tiny body and causing him to black out. The probes also left two burns on R.D. that look like cigarette burns.
R.D.’s family is now suing the police department for behavior they rightfully deem reckless. Even worse is the fact that R.D. now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and often wakes up in the middle of the night “holding his chest, afraid he is never going to wake up again,” according to his lawyer.
Officer Webb has been suspended for three days without pay and may soon have his day in court. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were settled out of court, even though the damage of bad publicity has already been done.
Maybe next year, the school will find Career Day participants who aren’t authorized to carry dangerous weapons. Just a thought…
Posted on November 2, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged children, commentary, current-events, law enforcement, news, Parenting, perspectives, Police officer, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Taser. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.