Girl recovering after dart surgically removed from her head
A 14-year-old Tucumcari girl is recovering at an Albuquerque hospital after being shot in the head with a Taser dart by Tucucmari Police Chief Roger Hatcher.
Now, her parents say they want the police department to review its policies for using the Taser.
The girl was hit in the head Thursday by one of two darts fired simultaneously as she was fleeing, Hatcher said.
The other dart lodged in her hip.
Hatcher said be believed he had no other option.
“There’s a lot of issues,” Hatcher said. “She committed a delinquent act. She was running from police across traffic without looking.”
Hatcher said he chased her, ordered her to stop and “then did what I had to do.”
Her mother, Stacy Akin, said her daughter underwent surgery Friday morning at University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque.
“One of the darts entered her skull,” said Akin, interviewed by telephone.
After a CAT scan, a hospital resident told her the dart was “in her brain a little bit, but not much,” Akin said.
She was in pediatric intensive care following the surgery, Akin said. “She seems OK, but she she’s in a lot of pain. Her head is hurting her real bad.”
Police were trying help Akin because she and her daughter had been fighting, Akin said.
Akin said while she could understand the use of a Taser on an adult, it shouldn’t be used on a child.
“She’s only 14, why?” Aikin asked.
Akin also said her daughter has epilepsy.
The girl’s father, Donny Martinez of Amarillo, said his daughter takes medication for the condition.
“I’d like to find out what happened,” Martinez said, adding, “Someone, independently should look at it” to see if excessive force was used.
Is just me or is police officer behaving as bad or worse than the offending teen?