Court: Force against deaf child justified
A police officer who used a stun gun on a 12-year-old deaf boy at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy’s parents for excessive force because of government immunity, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Friday.
The court decided in favor of now-retired West Hartford officer Paul Gionfriddo, who shocked the boy twice in 2013 after school officials claimed the boy assaulted a teacher.
The boy, known only as “A.M.” in court documents, claimed he was defending himself.