Police Complaints: Pc News

Update on child-tasering, Second Amendment cases

We just got back from Metro Court where we spoke to local civil rights attorney Joseph Kennedy about two cases we’ve reported here.

The man who was arrested last summer for carrying legal firearms was scheduled to have a criminal trial today at Metropolitan Court. The man is represented by Mr. Kennedy. Prosecuting officer Marcia Benavides failed to appear. The case was dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution.

Kennedy said he wasn’t surprised the officer was a no-show, but he was disappointed. “I was hoping she’d be here,” said Kennedy. “I was looking forward to interviewing her.” He’ll have his chance soon enough. Asked if he was planning a civil rights lawsuit, Kennedy just laughed, “Oh yes.”

Kennedy also represents the Tularosa boy who was attacked by taser-wielding cop Chris Webb. We asked if there was any hope of seeing criminal battery charges filed against Webb. “They should, but it’ll never happen,” Kennedy said. “The local DA would never do it.”

In what will come as no surprise to any reader of this blog, Kennedy also said they had already caught Officer Webb lying in some of the statements he’s given so far.

For the latest news about these cases, see the complete Child-Tasering Case History and the complete Firearms Arrest Case History.

Officer Chris Webb accused of tasering a 10-year-old boy to teach him a lesson

According to Facebook, this is a photograph of a Chris Webb who lives in Tularosa, New Mexico. We are awaiting confirmation whether this is the same Chris Webb who is a Tularosa cop accused of tasering a 10-year-old boy in May 2012.

From the story by Courthouse News Services:

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.

Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins sued the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb on behalf of the child, in Santa Fe County Court.

Higgins claims Webb used his Taser on the boy, R.D., during a May 4 “career day” visit to Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School.

“Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit,” the complaint states. “A number of boys said that they would. R.D., joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit.

“Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, ‘Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.’”

For the latest info about this police misconduct lawsuit, see the complete Case History.