Chris Webb, a motor transportation officer in New Mexico, is being sued along with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of a 10-year-old boy who was shot in the chest with taser barbs by the officer. This story is a fine example of the idiocy some people display when handling weapons, and the fact that a cop is who's responsible is absolutely unforgivable.
The incident in question took place in May when the officer attended a career day at a Tularosa school. During the course of the event, the officer asked the kids to wash his cruiserÂ—"RF" declined. In what the officer claims was a playful prank, he said that he said the following:
"Let me show what happens to people who do not listen to the police."
That was when he shot the taser gun at the 10-year-old boy, lodging two of the electro-charged barbs into the child's chest. "RF" reportedly blacked out after being shot with the 50,000 volts of electricity and was rendered unconsciousÂ—not to mention the two painful wounds the taser barbs left in his chest.
The lawsuit alleges that the child currently suffers from post traumatic stress because of the incident, and often wakes up in the middle of the night clutching his chest where the barbs had been embedded. He allegedly fears that his heart will stop beating.
Chris Webb should be beyond ashamed of himself. The officer claims that this was an accident and that he believed his taser was unloaded. However, this is no excuse at all. As an officer of the law, Webb is trained in handling weapons and should be well versed in safety. He should also know that under no circumstances whatsoever is a person to aim a weapon at another without clear and present intent on firing the weapon. This is a very basic rule concerning gun use and being a law enforcement officer.
Not only did Webb put this child in danger by recklessly firing a weapon at him, he bypassed protocol and tore the barbs out of the kid's chest and sent him to the nurse's officeÂ—instead of calling 911 to get the boy to an ambulance. For all that Webb knew, this "RF" could have had a heart condition. His recklessness and utter lack of concern for the welfare of children as well as his idiotic lack of application of gun training makes this man a danger to any police force.
He was punished with only three days of suspension. This seems like insult to injury, to be honest. This is a grown man who fired a potentially deadly weapon at a child after making threatening comments about "what happens when you don't obey cops." Even if he claims this was all an accident stemming from a joke, three days suspension is far too good for him. He should be stripped of his badge and blacklisted from any civil servant work. He shouldn't even be trusted as a meter maid.
Do you think this man deserve to remain an officer of the law after everything he did?
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