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Mom Sues Police Over TASER Use on 8-Year-Old Girl

August 11, 2014  | 

Pierre (S.D.) PD police are being sued by the mother of an 8-year-old girl, claiming police used excessive force when they used a TASER on the girl during a 2013 incident at their home.

According to a CNN report, The reason the police were at the home was to keep the girl from hurting herself; the babysitter had called them because the child had a knife in her hand. All parties agree on this point -- the girl's mother, Dawn Stenstrom, as well as the defendants: the city of Pierre, South Dakota, its former police chief, Robert Grandpre, and the four officers at the scene on October 4, 2013.

But their opinions about the responding officers' actions diverge from there.

The girl's mother says the police used "excessive force" when they used a TASER on her girl. But Grandpre disagreed, telling CNN affiliate KSFY after the incident that the police "might possibly have saved this girl's life."

Tags: TASER, Lawsuits, Use-of-Force Policies, South Dakota, Pierre (S.D.) PD


Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 8/11/2014 3:42 PM

Looking at the use of force pyramid they used the least possible level of force for an armed suspect. Anyone at any age can kill another when armed with a weapon and I don't care if she was 8, she was still extremely dangerous. I suspect the mother is looking for some fast money since no permanent harm came to her daughter.

Richard Hightower @ 8/12/2014 9:48 AM

If the child was armed (as is the consensus of witnesses) and threatening to harm herself, then the use of a Taser to disable the child and prevent her from harming herself seems appropriate use of force.

Unpleasent and traumatic for all involved (not the least of which the child) -- but then again, the child is alive and unharmed.

Natalie @ 8/14/2014 5:10 AM

Sorry anonymous angry person there is no reason for any sane person/child to be wielding a knife. That child has some serious mental issues and based on the reaction of the single parent to sue rather than parent and help raise her child to become a contributing member of society is what is truly sick. I'm glad that abnormal child did not hurt anyone including herself and I sincerely hope that she does not go on to hurt herself or others.

Cash @ 8/14/2014 8:39 AM

Lenny....you so funny.

Hey Police. If my 8 year old has a knife and is trying to kill me....zap him. I think he will heal faster from that than I will a stabbing

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