Court bars suit over officer’s stun gun use
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut police officer who shot a 12yearold deaf boy with a stun gun at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy’s parents for alleged excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Nowretired West Hartford Officer Paul Gionfriddo and another officer went to the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford in April 2013 when school officials reported that the boy had assaulted a teacher with a stick and rocks during a dispute over a takeout food order.
Police said they told the boy to drop a big rock and warned him they would use a stun gun if he didn’t. Teachers translated the officers’ commands in sign language to the boy, who police say ignored officers’ orders.