PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A Pierre police officer used a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl who was apparently threatening to stab herself. Police Chief Bob Grandpre says three officers were called after someone reported a suicidal 8-year-old girl who had stabbed herself in the leg. He says she was holding a 4 1/2-inch knife to her chest, refused to drop it, turned the knife toward an officer who approached her and then put it back to her chest. Grandpre says that's when the officer used his Taser. The chief says there were no stab wounds on her leg and the girl was not injured. The girl's father says the officer should be disciplined for using excessive force.
He says Tasers are for adults, not 8-year-old girls.