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15 Year old Hit With Police Taser Outside School

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

A Madison Police Officer used his taser gun on a 15-year-old student while making an arrest at Memorial High School.

"That's where the taser went in at," says Laquitha Goodwin, pointing at a mark on her son's back.

It's been 10 days since 15-year-old Dalarence Goodwin was hit with a taser, but the mark from one of the needles is still visible on his back.

"All of this around here (his shoulder blade) was swollen. It felt like he had fluid in there, all of this was swollen and this was oozing blood," says Laquitha.

The 15-year-old Dalarence was being arrested by Madison Memorial Police Liason Officer Tim Harding for an outstanding warrant–called a capias.
The warrant said Dalarence had missed a court appearance, but the capias was incorrect. The arrest warrant was in error.

So when Dalarence was being brought to the squad car he kept trying to turn around and ask the officer why he was under arrest.

Dalarence says he tried to squirm out of his shirt.

"It triggered my asthma. The shirt was wrapped around my neck. So I tried to pull the shirt over my head and catch my breath."

Dalarence says he started walking away.

"I was about 10 feet away when he tased me with it."

Laquitha says the Officer did not need to shoot, "I feel he abused his position as far as using a tazer because he didn't have to use it. He wasn't attacking Officer Harder, he wasn't armed or dangerous."

In a story we did last April Madison Police Department Lt. Vic Wahl said the tasers were needed to save lives.

"Tasers can also be used in extreme situations with people armed with edged weapons, suicidal people, instances where historically police officers have had to use deadly force, now the taser gives us another option," said Lt. Wahl.

Because Dalarence is a juvenile police can't comment on this particular case, expect to say Officer Harder followed proper procedures when he shot Dalarence.

They also declined to comment on the overall use of tasers within the department, but they said they will be holding a press conference later this week.

Laquitha says the department needs to change the guidelines.

"I don't think it should be used on minor children, especially if they're not armed and not considered dangerous."

Laquitha says they are moving to the east side and Dalarence will be transferring to LaFollette High School.


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