Mother sues city, others for taser incident
Friday, August 8, 2014
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Pierre and five individuals in an incident last fall where an eight-year-old girl was shot with a taser.
Dawn Stenstrom, the girl’s mother, filed the suit against the city, now-retired Police Chief Bob Grandpre and four unnamed officers. The suit is asking for unspecified monetary damages for using what she claims was excessive force.
The incident occurred last October when officers responded to a call where the girl was threatening to harm herself with a knife. She also threatened an officer. In their report, authorities said a Taser was used to help defuse the situation.
An independent review later by state investigators concluded the officer was justified in the action. The investigators stated that the use of the Taser was the safest way to end the incident. The girl was not hurt.
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