Letters to the editor: Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Hatcher out of line with Taser shot Kudos on Wednesday’s July 8 editorial regarding Roger Hatcher’s despicable actions (“Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun”). You hit the nail on the head. There are so many things wrong with this incident, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, it’s a sad day […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said […]

Tucumcari police report released in Taser incident

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari officials have released a police incident report and video related to last week’s Taser shooting of a 14-year-old girl.The video is posted below or can be viewed by clicking here: Police video Click here to read the incident report

Tucumcari police chief placed on administrative leave

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Kailee Martinez, 14, was tased in the head July 2 by Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher when she ran from him following a domestic dispute with her mother. By Thomas Garcia and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending […]

Sheriff tests out stun gun

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Deputy Sandy Loomis, right, shows commissioners two Taser probes taped to the back of Sheriff Matt Murray. Deputies opted to tape the probes for the demonstration because when shot from the hand-held unit they can tear or burn clothing. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Supported by a deputy on […]

Officers suing Taser outfit

Staff and wire reports PHOENIX — Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International Inc., claiming they were seriously injured after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes. According to Curry County and Clovis City police officials, both departments use the Tasers but the […]

Legislative measure to reclassify tasers concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher said Tuesday, his department would have to go back […]

New Tasers on the way

The Clovis Police Department plans to order seven new and improved Tasers that can lock up a suspect’s body and prevent their movement for five seconds. Police Chief Bill Carey said the department hopes to have seven of the $800-a-piece X26 Tasers within a month. The instruments are promoted for their ability to immobilize crime […]

Zap: County police have a 50,000 volt reminder not to break law

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sandy Loomis demonstrates the X26 Taser gun Wednesday at the sheriff’s office. (Photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor About a month and a half ago a Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placing a suspect into custody when somebody began charging toward him and threatening his life. The […]