Taken from ABC news online
Police Taser Children
MIAMI-November 14, 2004 — Miami-Dade police have acknowledged using a stun gun on a second youngster. It comes just weeks after an officer subdued a 55-pound first-grader with a 50,000-volt shock.
In the second instance, a 15-year-veteran officer used his Taser to immobilize a 12-year-old girl who was playing hooky from school.
Police Director Bobby Parker says he can’t defend the decision to shock the girl on November fifth. But Parker says the use of the Taser was justified in shocking a six-year-old boy October 20th because the boy was holding a piece of glass and threatening to hurt himself.
Parker says the department will review its policy on the use of the weapons.
(Copyright 2004 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Quite a disturbing story (I purposely avoided the use of shocking). Maybe these officers lack proper training or guidelines on the proper use of force. However, I can not even begin to understand how any police officer could justify the use of taser on 12 year old unarmed girl nevermind a 6 year old boy. Something is wrong with the system.