Court: Force against deaf child jus­ti­fied

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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