Police Officer Christopher Webb shot a 10-year-old student in the chest with a 50,000-volt taser gun during a 'career day' visit, on May 4, at Tularosa Elementary School in Tularosa, New Mexico, according to a lawsuit filed by the child's parents.
Officer Webb claims the taser “accidentally discharged,” but the child's lawyers say the cop was recklessly joking around with students when the boy was shot with two electrified barbs.
Officer Webb asked a group of students who would like to clean his patrol car, but the victim “jokingly said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit,” reports TheSmokingGun.com.
In response, Officer Webb allegedly pointed his taser at the boy and said: “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” The cop then fired his taser at the boy.
However. Officer Webb claims he first removed the taser cartridge before showing the weapon to an initial group of students, however, later “removed it from the holster not realizing I put the cartridge back on. The taser accidentally discharged hitting a boy directly in the chest.”
The taser knocked the boy to the ground and he blacked out. The child was left with scars on his chest, according to the lawsuit.
Officer Webb recalled escorting the boy to a school bathroom “to help clean him up" and added that he waited with him until the boy’s mother arrived.
Officer Webb added that the boy’s mother “stated that she wasn’t mad at what had happened.” The career day mishap resulted in a three-day suspension for Officer Webb.