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article imageDeputies subdue 15-year-old autistic boy with Taser

By RobotGod     Sep 21, 2007 in Crime
Orange County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday defended their decision to use a stun gun on a 15-year-old autistic boy who ran away from his parents and later dashed into traffic.
The LA Times reports.
Using the Taser in this case "was the right thing to do," according to Jim Amormino, a sheriff's spokesman.
"If that were your son, would you want him Tased or hit by a car? The deputy made the right decision. . . . It could have saved [the boy's] life."
But the mother of Taylor Karras, said that deputies did not need to use the Taser gun. Especially since she had called various police agencies to alert them that her son was missing.
She said that the boy would have followed deputies' directions if he hadn't felt threatened:
"This was a very aggressive response," she said. She said her son "didn't have any weapon on him. He didn't even have a pencil."
It was during a visit to the Regional Center of Orange County when he fled. The family had gone there for counseling, which the boy was against. Nine hours later, his mother spotted him about a block from their home (16 miles away from the center) He was on the ground and handcuffed.
Amormino said that Tustin police had called the Sheriff's Department after a pedestrian reported a suspicious person. The boy was pushing a shopping cart down Newport Avenue near his home in North Tustin. He apparently had walked home.
Amormino also stated that Taylor yelled something when approached by a deputy, then he ran across Newport Avenue, and caused two cars to swerve. That was when a deputy shot him with a Taser gun. And the deputy handcuffed him to keep him out of traffic.
Taser guns use compressed nitrogen to propel two darts that attach to the body. The darts are connected to the gun by a wire and deliver a 50,000-volt shock at five-second intervals to incapacitate a suspect.
How handcuffing the boy keeps him out of traffic I have no idea. This case is a bit grey, but it does illustrate that the taser is again, far too convenient to use. The boy made it that far, so he was obviously ok until these bozos spooked him.
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