Mexico | An Albuquerque police officer has been suspended after injuring 56 people and leaving 4 in critical condition after using his taser gun on a 16-year-old suspect who was swimming in a pool.
Police officer Adam F. James who claims he was pursuing a possible suspect in a drug trafficking lead, showed up at the private pool and proceeded to arrest the suspect who refused to come out of the swimming pool, leaving him no other choice than to taze him, thus delivering over 50,000 volts of electricity to the pool swimmers, mostly young age children and teenagers.
“The cop was completely drunk, we could barely understand what he was saying” explains Barbara McChang.
“He was pointing at the a group of teenagers, telling them to drop their weapons, but no one had any weapon, they were just playing in the pool,” she told local reporters.
According to report, more than 56 young teenagers were left injured by the electric shock in the swimming pool but only 4 remain in critical condition.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, Albert Romez, claims the incident is gang-related.
“Although the suspect was wrongfully identified in this case, we believe the police officer acted on behalf of his concerns for the security of the general public in this case, unfortunately leading to this tragic incident,” he told local reporters.
The police officer has been suspended with pay and the Police Department promises an investigation around the incident.