Lucky them. Just kidding. Although I certainly know that 10-year-olds can be to “unruly” what a close-range shotgun blast is to “lethal.” Oops. Got a little violent there (I’m applying fora job with Sarah Palin’s Facebook team). “Martinsville police say the officers were called Tuesday to the home, where they had gone several times on reports that the boy was combative and trying to harm other children and caretakers,” Fox News reports. “The department says that when officers arrived they found the boy out of control, hitting and kicking and refusing to listen to the officers. The department says the officers then used a stun gun and slapped the boy [note: in the reverse order]. Assistant Police Chief Dan Riffel says the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a complete investigation.” We contacted the Martinsville Police after this morning’s press conference. They faxed us a statement (IN ALL CAPS) and the incident reports. Download the pdf here. Bottom line: things got out of control after an epithet was uttered. I’ve transcribed the relevant part of the “investigation narrative” after the jump.
The juvenile then looked at the female sitting on the porch next to the front door and told her “Fuck you!” Capt. Jennings held his hand in front of the juvenile’s face and asked the juvenile what he just said. Capt. Jennings ordered the juvenile to tell the female that he was sorry. The juvenile shoook his head no, and Capt. Jennings smacked the juvenile in the mouth causing the juvenile’s head to hit the back of the house. The juvenile then began crying and then lunged toward the female again out of control and began hitting her.
At this time Capt. Jennings and myself attempted to gain control of the juvenile who was in a rage. I then administered a one to two second drive stun to the juvenile’s left shoulder. It was at this moment the juvenile finally calmed down and was more compliant. I advised the juvenile that if he began to be combative again then he would be tazed.