Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10-24-13 fdl police use taser for the first time on student at fdl high school

WFDL news has learned that a use of force review has determined that a Fond du Lac police officer was justified in using a Taser on a student at Fond du Lac High School last month.  Assistant police chief Steve Klein says the September 11th incident marked the first time a Taser had been deployed by an officer at the high school.    Klein says the incident occurred in the office area at the high school.  He says the student became combative when a police detective questioned the student about a disorderly act at the school and told the student he would be taking him to juvenile court services.  "The subject at that point became very combative with the investigator and an assisting officer was called to the scene.  The student in the course of becoming combative actually threw the detective into a wall.  The detective did sustain a slight back injury,"  Klein told WFDL news.   Klein says the assisting officer was able to deploy an electronic control device (TASER) which allowed the officers to take the subject into custody.  Klein says in some respects he is surprised this was the first time a Taser has been used at the high school.  "Its unfortunate anytime you have to use force on an individual, but in this incident it very quickly turned into an explosive situation,"  Klein said.  Klein says an internal investigation determined the officer was justified in the use of force to bring the student under control.

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