Police taser a handcuffed, nine year old girl!

Submitted by CJ on 05/26/2004 at 18:09. ( )

What do you taxidermist think about this news? TYPICAL OUT OF CONTROL POLICE!
A veteran South Tucson police sergeant is under investigation for firing his stun gun to subdue a handcuffed 9-year-old girl.

At the request of Chief Sixto Molina, the Pima County Sheriff's Department is trying to determine if the sergeant committed a crime when he sent a jolt through the child's body.

The police officer used a Taser on the girl at about 5:30 p.m. May 8, Molina said. The nonlethal weapon uses a pulsating electrical charge to immobilize a person for several seconds.

"I'll be the first to admit, you've got a veteran sergeant Tasing a 9-year-old girl, it doesn't look good," said Molina.

The sergeant was one of at least two officers who responded to a call from the Arizona Children's Home, a school for special needs children, on South Eighth Avenue, he said.

"It had to do with a runaway from the institution," the chief said. He declined to provide further details.

The school could not be reached for comment late Monday. But Molina said that the facility is the source of frequent calls to his 25-person department.

Molina said one officer initially responded to the call from the school. That officer requested assistance from another officer and specifically asked that the second officer bring a Taser.

He said the girl was handcuffed at the time the weapon was used.

The sergeant who used the hand-held Taser remains on duty. His name is not being released while the investigation is under way.

"It didn't involve an integrity issue," Molina said. "The officer made a decision to do what he thought he needed to do."

Deputy Dawn Barkman, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Department, confirmed a review of the incident is under way but said she had no further details.

The results of the probe will be forwarded to the Pima County Attorney's Office.

"They'll have to present it to us to see if any criminal charges are warranted," said County Attorney's Office spokesman Dan Benavides.

Sgt. Dan Snyder, a South Tucson police spokesman, said the investigation could be complete by the end of the week.

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This response submitted by wilson on 05/26/2004 at 18:40. ( )

CJ, in the big citys we have 9 year old kids shooting people.
No matter how flat the pancake is there is always two sides.


This response submitted by Paul I on 05/26/2004 at 19:02. ( paulblastoatyahoo.com )

If that is true time to retire that cop.But the question I would ask is how many cops helped out people today? You will never ever hear that on any of the news stations.

Where can you get one of those?

This response submitted by marty on 05/26/2004 at 19:02. ( )

I've got a 9 year old too and it sure couldn't hurt him - lol! Heck, seems a lot more flexible to use than the shock collar I've been using!

Full story needs to be told. Could've easily been taken out of context. I know some pretty big 9 year olds. Add in the possibility of being hopped up on crack or something and, well, there you have it (YES, there ARE 9 year olds that do dope)...

Need more info

This response submitted by Liz on 05/26/2004 at 21:10. ( )

I have to say, at first glance, it sounded bad. BUT, I notice that it is a "special needs" home that they responded to. I have known many "special needs" children, and many, even at nine years old, are VERY strong, and depending on what the level of retardation or whatever, they can often be violent, bite, scratch, or hurt themselves. This may have been the best way to subdue her without her hurting herself or anyone else. Although, I would think the school could have taken over once she was handcuffed.

I worked

This response submitted by Jerry Rainey on 05/26/2004 at 22:05. ( )

at a state school for juvenile delinquents for five years as a correctional officer and a case worker. Don't let a nine year old fool you. They are plenty smart and will stab you in the back given the chance. They should have bent her over their knees and spanked her little tail end.

Of course, this comes from a Republican.

as usual

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 05/26/2004 at 22:07. ( )

Lets sensationalize it, shall we? There was a key sentence in that copy and paste that explained it all..."The officer made a decision to do what he thought he needed to do." Shouldnt that be good enough for most armchair experts? Lets look at it logically. Is he going to jeopardize his career doing something that is obviously being documented? Will common sense ever prevail?

I'm offended

This response submitted by Jerry S. on 05/26/2004 at 22:16. ( jds@htcomp.net )

I don't know if that officer was wrong or not . . . I was not there and do not know all of the facts. Therefore I will hold comment on judgement.

I WILL comment, however, on the statement CJ made, . . . "TYPICAL OUT OF CONTROL POLICE!"

"Out of control police" is FAR from typical! Are there police officers who cross the line . . . yes. Are there police officers who are out of control? . . . yes. Is CJ's statement out of line? . . . yes. It's just as accurate as categorizing a typical taxidermist as being fat, wearing a sweat stained T-shirt, having a Coors ball cap on, and driving a 4x4 pickup truck.

There's nothing like good, old fashioned stereotyping!

Jerry S.


This response submitted by Cecil G on 05/26/2004 at 23:26. ( )

Jerry, you part of the NEW WORLD ORDER? Got any idea? What a POS, yes you are! Got your chip implant yet? All police are a gift are they not? Trust them with your whole life just like God? Huh? you really think so? Your worse than Yox. WHAT A POS!

You're the POS

This response submitted by Cecil (Baird) Indiana on 05/26/2004 at 23:30. ( )

You can't even leave your real name. Don't use my name unless you man enough.

Man it dont sound good........

This response submitted by OJ on 05/27/2004 at 10:01. ( )

I cant imagine needing to tase anyone in cuffs, considering the pain copliance holds andother retraints available. Yet, I wasnt ther so I wont defend or Cut down the officer. We all know how the media likes to tell one side of the story. I too take exception to "out of control police." Most officers are far from out of control. They are spit on swore at, fought with, lied to and shot at. Still MOST do there job professionally and in a couteous manner. You know, sheep in the flock dont always think much of the sheep dog. No-one wants to get nipped at at , eh? But when the wolves show up- those sheep sure appreciate that sheep dog dont they?


This response submitted by Jerry S on 05/27/2004 at 11:59. ( jds@htcomp.net )

Why is it that when I close my eyes and try to imagine what Cecil G (not Baird) looks like, I get the image of a "typical taxidermist"?

Amazing how some people can't think past their eyebrows!

Jerry S.

got to love the news 50% of the time

This response submitted by Greg on 05/27/2004 at 15:21. ( )

I have seen many people in cuffs kick car windows out, kick cops in the face, and in the n*#$ trying to get them in or out of the police cars. Like some one said here there is always 2 sides to the story! I think the news is only 50% right 50% of the time. If you dont work in the field it is eazy to say it was wrong. I think I would wait for the judge to rule before I would scar someone name and rep.

If he

This response submitted by Alex on 05/27/2004 at 18:32. ( )

did that to one of my grandkids, he would need surgery to remove my 16 boot out of his ass.
Jerk !


This response submitted by wilson on 05/27/2004 at 19:33. ( )

If that was needed to control one of your grandkids ;maybe the boot should be in YOUR kids ass.

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