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Tasered 8-Year-Old's Mom Sues South Dakota City and Its Police

By    |   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 09:27 AM

Saying a police officer used excessive force and shot her 8-year-old daughter in the chest with a stun gun, a South Dakota mother is suing the city of Pierre, it's former police chief and members of its police department.

The Associated Press reported that Dawn Stenstrom is seeking unspecified damages in the suit filed in federal court in late July.

Authorities say the officer shot the girl with the stun gun from 5 to 6 feet away because she was suicidal and brandished a knife.

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"The force of the electricity shot through her body, lifted her and threw her against the wall," the lawsuit says.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation later concluded that the officer was justified in using his Taser on the girl because it was the safest method to defuse the situation.

Dana Hanna, an attorney for Stenstrom, told the Rapid City Journal that the girl suffered physical, psychological and emotional injuries.

"There is no excuse for cops to use a Taser on an 8-year-old child," Hanna said.

Attorney Rob Anderson, who is representing the defendants in the lawsuit, told the AP on Friday that he does not comment on pending litigation.

The mother and child now live on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, according to Hanna.

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Saying a police officer used excessive force and shot her 8-year-old daughter in the chest with a stun gun, a South Dakota mother is suing the city of Pierre, it's former police chief and members of its police department.
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