Parents consider legal action after South Dakota police use Taser on 8-year-old girl

NBC News; October 10, 2013

The parents of an 8-year-old South Dakota girl want the police officer who stunned their daughter with a Taser disciplined, but the police chief said Wednesday that the officer acted properly and may have saved the little girl’s life.

Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre told Dakota Radio Group News that the incident happened Friday night after a baby-sitter called to report that the girl had stabbed herself in the leg and was making comments about suicide.

The girl — whose identity hasn’t been released because she is a juvenile — was holding a 4½-inch knife and refused to put it down when the three officers arrived, he said.

Grandpre said the child had the tip of the knife to her chest and then moved toward a hallway that could have taken her out of the officers’ sight, posing a potential threat.

When one of the officers approached her, the girl pointed the knife at the officer and then back at herself, Grandpre said. That’s when the officer used the Taser, whose prongs lodged in her chest and stomach, Grandpre said.

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