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Pierre police to review policy for using stun guns

PIERRE (AP) — The Pierre Police Department plans to examine its policy on the use of stun guns in the wake of an incident in which an officer used one on an 8-year-old girl.

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Officials with the Rapid City Police Department and the state Highway Patrol have been asked to help with the review, Police Chief Bob Grandpre told the Capital Journal. He did not have a specific time estimate but said that once the group is assembled, the review of the three-year-old policy should not take long.

The state attorney general's office is investigating whether the unnamed officer acted appropriately when he used his Taser on the girl Oct. 4. A Pierre Police Department review earlier concluded that the officer did act appropriately because the girl was suicidal and turned a knife toward the officer.

The officer was standing about 6 feet away from the girl when the stun gun was deployed. The prongs hit her chest and stomach but she was not seriously hurt. She was held for a day at a hospital and then released to her parents.

The girl's parents have said they think the officer used excessive force and should be disciplined. Grandpre said he has invited the girl's father to meet with him about his grievances.

The attorney general's review will be conducted by a special agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation and will be given to the Pierre Police Department and Hughes County State's Attorney Wendy Kloeppner within 30 days, spokeswoman Sara Rabern said.