SANTA FE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas) — A New Mexico police officer is accused of Tasering a 10-year-old boy because he wouldn’t wash his patrol car.
Courthouse News Service reports Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb is being sued for allegedly using the weapon on the boy during a May 4 “career day” at Tularosa Intermediate School.
The complaint reportedly states that Webb asked a group of boys during the school’s career day who would like to wash his patrol car. All the boys responded they would, except when the 10-year-old identified as R.D. jokingly said he wouldn’t.
That’s when, the complaint states, Webb shot R.D. with his Taser.
“Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, ‘Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police,’” the complaint says, according to Courthouse News Service. “Both barbs penetrated the boy’s shirt, causing the device to deliver 50,000 volts into the boy’s body.”
Webb reportedly caused scarring on the boy, who blacked-out from the incident, after pulling the barbs out of his chest.
“Instead of calling emergency medical personnel, Officer Webb pulled out the barbs and took the boy to the school principal’s office,” the complaint states, according to Courthouse News Service.
Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins, who filed the complaint, claims the boy is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“No reasonable officer confronting a situation where the need for force is at its lowest, on a playground with elementary age children, would have deployed the Taser in so reckless a manner as to cause physical and psychological injury,” Higgins says in the complaint.
Higgins is seeking punitive damages for the boy from Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.