Police officers suspended after using taser on unruly 10-year-old boy

By Calvin Palmer

Two police officers in Indiana have been suspended after using a stun gun on an out-of-control 10-year-old boy at a home day care facility.

Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis says the two officers could have restrained the 94-pound boy after being called to the home to help control him on Tuesday.

Morgan County sheriff’s department will investigate the actions of Capt William Jennings and Officer Darren Johnson at Tender Teddies day care.

In the event of any criminal wrongdoing, the case will be referred to the county prosecutor’s office, said Morgan County Sheriff Robert Garner.

Jennings and Johnson said in reports they filed that the boy was screaming and kicking and was generally “out of control” when they arrive at Tender Teddies.

The boy was kicking and yelling at his female guardian, who was lying on the porch, trying to get him under control. The boy also allegedly spat on and kicked another adult woman. Johnson said the boy kicked him the left leg.

“I had my department issued X26 Taser out and displayed the arc for the juvenile to see,” Johnson said in his report. “I advised the juvenile that if he didn’t stop then he would be tased.”

Johnson said the boy swore at an adult and Jennings told him to apologize. When the boy shook his head, Jennings “smacked the juvenile in the mouth causing the juvenile to hit the back of his head on the house,” according to Johnson’s report.

The boy allegedly got further enraged and lunged toward the woman again, hitting her. Johnson and Jennings tried to control him and Johnson shot the stun gun at the boy’s left shoulder for one or two seconds, according to Johnson’s report.

When asked if there was going to be any more trouble, the boy shook his head and said no, according to Johnson’s report.

The use of the stun gun and the child being slapped are not mentioned in Jennings’ report, which concludes:  “After several minutes he appeared to be under control and advised us he would not do it again.”

In a statement, Martinsville Mayor Phillip Deckard said: “Police are investigating possible undue restraint by the officers “in answer to a complaint by a local day care provider.”

[Based on reports by The Indianapolis Star and Associated Press.]

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  1. Juanita

    My major complaint about the handling of the situation was the “smack” the Police Captain is alleged to have given the boy–it suggests that the Captain may have been “out of control”. The other issue is that perhaps special training in regard to children is indicated, since there appear to be a lot of “out of control” children these days. Use of the Taser? Hmmm–not sure, but it did get the kid’s attention and he is still alive.

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