Court Rules in Favor of Officer Who Shot Deaf Boy with Stun Gun

Rare | 12/8/2018 | Associated Press
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer who shot a 12-year-old deaf boy with a stun gun at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy’s parents for alleged excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York decided in favor of now-retired West Hartford officer Paul Gionfriddo, who appealed a lower court judge’s denial of his request to dismiss the claims against him in the parents’ lawsuit. The appeals court overturned the lower court and ordered it to issue a judgment for Gionfriddo.

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Gionfriddo and another officer responded to the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford in April 2013 when school officials reported the boy had assaulted a teacher during a dispute over a takeout food order. School officials say the boy hit the teacher with a stick and rocks outside the school.

Police said they ordered the boy to drop a large rock and warned him they would use a stun gun if he didn’t. Teachers at the school translated the officers’ commands and warnings in sign language to the boy, who police say ignored officers’ orders.

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Lawyers for Gionfriddo did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

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