The FBI has opened an investigation into a Bastrop, Texas, deputy sheriff's use of a Taser stun gun on a high school student last year that resulted in brain damage to the 17-year-old, the Austin American-Statesman reports. FBI officials said their inquiry will look into whether Deputy Randy McMillan, who deployed his Taser, and Deputy Timothy Stalcup, who was at the scene, used excessive force on Noe Niño de Rivera during the Nov. 20 incident at Cedar Creek High School.
Rivera fell backward after he was shocked with the weapon, hitting his head on the hallway floor. He spent nearly two months in a medically induced coma. The decision by the FBI to investigate the case places more scrutiny on an incident that had already raised questions about how police officers in school use force, including Tasers and pepper spray. This week, the ACLU of Texas and six other civil rights and social justice groups asked Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams to ban Tasers, pepper spray and other weapons in schools. The case also is expected to be presented to a county grand jury next month.