Police officers suspended after using stun gun on 10-year-old
MARTINSVILLE, IN (WLBT) - Police officers Captain William Jennings and Darren Johnson are on paid administrative leave after a run-in with a ten-year-old boy.
It happened Tuesday, March 30th, at a home day care in Martinsville, Indiana. The day care owner called for police saying the boy was out of control.
Officers describe the ten-year-old as average size weighing 94 pounds.
"The officer described the child as kicking, screaming and spitting on workers. The officer told the child to calm down and attempted to restrain the child themselves," said Chief Jon Davis.
The officers' confrontation with the ten-year-old happened on the front porch of the home-operated day care. What happened next is why the officers are under investigation.
"Captain Jennings is alleged to slap the child in the mouth with an open hand. In a further attempt to de-escalate the situation, Officer Johnson administered a dry stun to the child's left arm," said Chief Davis.
The officers say then the boy calmed down but suffered two burn marks from the stun gun.
When assistant Chief Dan Riffel learned about the use of the stun gun on the ten-year-old, he immediately placed both officers on paid administrative leave.
At a press conference Thursday morning, Chief Davis said the two officers could have restrained the boy.
The chief also said the boy cried after being shocked.
Police Chief Davis and Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard asked the Morgan County Sheriff's Department to investigate the incident. It will coincide with an internal investigation by Martinsville PD.
Police are checking to see if the incident is caught on tape because some officers have dashboard cameras in their cruisers and some even wear small cameras on their uniform lapels.
Jennings has been on the force for about 36 years. Officer Johnson is a two-year rookie.
Police came to the day care within the last two months for problems with the same boy.
Workers with Child Protective Services are also involved in the case. Sources tell Channel 13 the ten-year-old may be a foster child.
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