Ohio officer used stun gun on 9-year-old boy: San Jose Mercury News

What do you feel about anybody shocking a 9 year old boy for not going to school? makes you think twice about those shock guns the police carry right? – Post submission by Cesar Flores

MOUNT STERLING, Ohio — An Ohio officer whose use of a stun gun on a child resulted in the shutdown of a village police force said he shocked the boy twice as the 9-year-old lay on the floor with his hands underneath his body.

Details of the Mount Sterling incident released Monday say the boy was warned before the officer shocked him at his home last week following a truancy complaint from the sheriff’s office.

The officer said the child begged his mother to let him go to school instead of with the officer, but she refused, telling him it was too late. The officer said he eventually tried to pull the boy, whom he described as at least 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds, from a couch when the boy dropped and “became dead weight,” kicking and flailing.

He says he fired a warning shock with the stun gun and that the child’s mother told the boy to obey the officer so he wouldn’t be shocked.

Tracy Comisford, an attorney for the boy’s mother tells The Columbus Dispatch the woman did not expect the officer to use a stun gun when he came to arrest the boy.

“She certainly never wanted this to happen,” Comisford said. Continue reading

City of Morgan Hill Settles in Police Misconduct Case: Family Wins

A small victory for a Morgan Hill family who filed a complaint against the local police department for: Entering the home without a warrant or cause, conducting an illegal search, making a false arrest, violating civil rights, and displaying negligence and improper training. The City has awarded the family a $75,000 settlement. The Morgan Hill Police Department has two more lawsuits pending against it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011
By Michael Moore – The Morgan Hill Times

The city of Morgan Hill paid a $75,000 settlement to a resident who accused local police officers of misconduct.

Maria Jesus Belasquez, Rudy Martinez and Rudy Belasquez Martinez, Jr., filed a complaint against Morgan Hill police in November 2010. The federal lawsuit accused officers of entering their home without a warrant and without cause, illegal search, false arrest, violation of civil rights, negligence and improper training… Continue reading