According to information reported in the Portland Tribune and Willamette Week, PPB officers tasered an 11-year old boy at Buckman Elementary School last week.
The Tribune article says that prior to being tasered, the boy had just been placed in his third foster home in three weeks and had acted out violently at the school before (hmmm, I wonder why?).
Police were called because - according to police reports - the boy grabbed a 5 1/2 inch long metal compass (remember those pointy things?) and started tearing up the classroom, which the other occupants then fled. When a PPB officer arrived, the boy - police say - threatened to stab him, so the officer called for back-up. 4 other cops arrived, one of them had a taser.
Now, can you picture this in your mind? Here are 5 cops (2 of them sergeants - supervisors), all grown men in uniform, all wearing body armor and trained in defensive tactics. And an angry 11-year old boy with a school compass. Apparently all 5 of them put together couldn't handle an 11-year old without resorting to blasting him with 2 steel taser darts to his chest, delivering a 50,000 volt shock of electricity...
The Portland Tribune article can be found here:
A few months back, the PPB tasered a blind, 71 year-old woman. Last week it was an 11-year old child. Who's next??