UPDATE: See below
A Correia student, 14 years old and under suspicion by police of being in possession of a stolen iPod, was tasered twice by officers as they attempted to arrest him this morning at the school.
School police had been notified of a theft of $5000 worth of iPods and were in the process of questioning several students, when one of them began to resist their efforts to take him into custody. Police had allegedly found one of the stolen iPods on the student and proceeded to arrest him when he fought them. Police tasered the student, he pulled out the taser barb and then they tasered him again for a second time, and arrested him.
NBC reports that “two school police officers had minor knee injuries following the incident. The teenager is facing charges of theft and assault of an officer.”
The school is on Valeta Street in Ocean Beach near Point Loma, and the incident occurred about 9:30 in the morning.
The U-T reports:
The student was checked out at Rady Children’s Hospital, which is common anytime someone is struck with a Taser.
Officers from the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Unified School District police were present at the time, but it was not immediately known who used the Taser, said San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen.
From the U-T updated article by Kristina Davis:
The incident unfolded about 9:30 a.m. when the 14-year-old boy was being questioned about the theft of 20 school-owned iPods, valued at $5,000, at the Point Loma Heights school, said San Diego police Capt. Walt Vasquez.
Two officers from the San Diego Police Department and two from the San Diego Unified School District police, as well as the vice principal, were present during the questioning in the school’s library.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 150-pound teen produced two of the stolen iPods during the questioning, at which point an officer informed him he was under arrest, Vasquez said.
However, the boy refused to cooperate, telling the officers, “No, you’re not putting handcuffs on me,” Vasquez said.
The teen was ordered to place his hands behind his back a second time, but he refused. A struggle ensued, and the boy assaulted the officers, police said.
A San Diego police officer deployed the Taser, and the boy pulled the barbs from his skin and began “kicking and thrashing about” again. The stun gun was shot a second time, and officers were able to restrain and arrest him, Vasquez said.
Both school officers suffered injuries to their knees, said school district Sgt. Troy Holliday. One was treated at a hospital and released, while the other declined treatment.
The student, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital to get checked for injuries. Anytime someone is shot with a Taser, the policy is to have the person checked at a hospital.
The boy had no other wounds besides being struck by the Taser barbs, police said. He was released and booked into Juvenile Hall.
Vasquez said officers have a variety of force options, including the Taser, when someone becomes violent. Other options include impact weapons, punches or pepper spray.
“A lot of times the Taser is effective,” Vasquez said. “It saves a lot of injuries to the officer and saves a lot of injuries to suspects.”
The incident will be reviewed to determine if the officer’s use of force was warranted.