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Va. Beach chief: Use of stun gun on teen violated policy


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach’s police chief says an officer violated the department’s excessive force policy when he used a stun gun on a teenager during a traffic stop.

Police Chief Jim Cervera said Monday at a news conference that the officer first used pepper spray on the 17-year-old boy. Cervera says the officer didn’t allow enough time for the spray to work before using the stun gun.

The officer has been given an administrative assignment. He will have an opportunity to respond before any disciplinary action is taken.

The teen was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police on Jan. 10. Media outlets report that the teen wouldn’t get out of the vehicle when told to do so.

Cervera says the commonwealth’s attorney found no evidence of criminal action by police.


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