Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher in New Mexico shoot a 14-year-old girl in the head with a Taser dart after she ran from her mother and police. Hatcher insists that it was the right thing to do since (I kid you not) he was afraid she might be injured if she ran into traffic. It falls into the rule that it is sometimes necessary to shoot a child to save a child.
The girl suffers from epilepsy and the dart penetrated slightly into her brain, according to her mother. Hatcher actually shoot at her twice –achieving the head shot at the first or second shot.
Hatcher says that it was the right thing to do: “There’s a lot of issues. She committed a delinquent act. She was running from police across traffic without looking.”
The girl was placed in pediatric intensive care following the surgery.
The mother had taken the girl to the police department because she was having trouble with her and her daughter proceeded to just walk away.
Hatcher insists that “[t]here was a lawful reason to do that. I didn’t have another choice and had to get her stopped.” Really? How about letting her go and pick her up later. You would then have a delinquent kid on the street rather than a kid in intensive care.
Hatcher delivered 50,000 volts to the girl’s head. He is now asking for charges to be brought against the girl.
If there is a sheriff in dire need of a lawsuit, this would be the one.
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