A US policeman is in trouble after he allegedly tasered a ten-year-old schoolboy for refusing to clean his patrol car.
Officer Chris Webb reportedly fired the 50,000-volt weapon at the boy during a career day at Tularosa Intermediate School in New Mexico.
The boy, named only as RD, blacked out and has since suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. He is now taking legal action.
His legal representative, Rachel Higgins, told Santa Fe County Court that the officer’s use of force was completely unreasonable.
According to the complaint: “Defendant Webb asked the boy, RD, in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit.
“A number of boys said that they would. RD, joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit.”
Webb is accused of responding by aiming his Taser at the child before saying: “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.”
He then allegedly stunned RD before pulling out the barbs and taking the boy to the school principal’s office.
The boy’s family are suing both Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. The case continues.