Local

Pierre Officer Tasers 8 Year Old Girl

Pierre Officer Tasers 8 Year Old Girl

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Pierre police officer used a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl who was apparently threatening to stab herself.

Police Chief Bob Grandpre says three officers were called after someone reported a suicidal 8-year-old girl who had stabbed herself in the leg.

He says she was holding a 4 1/2-inch knife to her chest, refused to drop it, turned the knife toward an officer who approached her and then put it back to her chest.

Grandpre says that’s when the officer used his Taser.

The chief says there were no stab wounds on her leg and the girl was not injured.

The girl’s father says the officer should be disciplined for using excessive force. He says Tasers are for adults, not 8-year-old girls.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Police Identify One Person In Rapid City Hockey Incident

police 1

Native American students were subjected to racial slurs at the game.

in Local

Measure Requiring School Safety Plans Passes Committee

school bus

The measure will go to the full Senate.

in Local

State House Passes Measure To React To Deadly Disease Outbreaks

hospital

The measure now goes to a Senate committee.

in Local

Police Looking Into Rapid City Hockey Game Incident

police 2

Several Native American students were subjected to racial slurs and had beer sprayed on them.