Police Tase 10-Year-Old

Indiana cops use stun gun at day care center
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
Police Tase 10-Year-Old
A TASER X26 is seen in Scottsdale, Ariz. in this 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Khampha Bouaphanh, File)

File under excessive force: Indiana police used a Taser to restrain an unruly 10-year-old boy. The two officers were called to a day care center, where the boy was hitting and kicking staff. One officer "smacked the juvenile in the mouth" and the other used the stun gun on him when he lunged at a caretaker, say the cops. Both have been suspended, and the department is investigating whether they should face criminal charges, reports the Indianapolis Star. The boy didn't suffer serious injuries.

“I had my department-issued X26 Taser out and displayed the arc for the juvenile to see,” wrote one officer in his report. “I advised the juvenile that if he didn’t stop then he would be tased.” (Read more Taser stories.)

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