Missouri Police taser injured boy 19 times

By David Edwards
Saturday, July 26, 2008 9:12 EDT
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KY 3 News’ Sara Sheffield reported on an injured boy from Ozark, Missouri who was taser up to 19 times by police.

Doctors believe 16-year-old Mace Hutchinson broke his back and heel after falling from an overpass. The boy’s family does not understand why police would have tasered the boy up to 19 times after he was injured. Use of the taser delayed surgery by two days.

Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset explained why the taser was used. Rousset said, “He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he’s also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers.”

This video is from KY3 News, broadcast July 24, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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