Court bars suit over of­fi­cer’s stun gun use

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

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.

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