Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, February 24, 2012

17-year old hearing-impaired boy shot five times by officers in North Carolina

17-year old Jacob Plemmons was angry at a family member when he took off in his mother's truck, in Canton, North Carolina.  Some time later, he was stopped by officers for having an unreadable temporary tag and a broken taillight.  After that stop, the officers once again spotted the boy speeding.  The tried to pull him over, but the boy sped away.  A chase ensued.  Finally they stopped him, but the boy apparently rammed their patrol car.  When he didn't stop his apparent attack, the officers shot the boy five times.  Jacob is now in the hospital, recovering.

It turns out the boy is hearing- and speaking-impaired.

From the article and Sheriff interview:
Sandi Ross, Plemmons’ mother, said her son suffered five gunshot wounds — two in the chest below the collarbone, one in the abdomen, leg and elbow. Plemmons, of Blue Ridge, Ga., is in stable condition at the Mission Hospital ICU. Ross said he had surgery to remove part of his small intestine, and doctors inserted a rod into his left leg.

“The boy should not have been shot five times,” Ross said. “It’s on his driver’s license that he’s deaf. He was holding his hands in the air, telling them not to shoot.
"Then they yanked him out of the truck and threw him on the ground. I just don’t see no justice.”
Ross said her son was likely lost. Plemmons told his family the truck was running out of gas.
He was scared and confused and tried to put the truck in park when the officers pulled him over the second time, Ross said.

Plemmons has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and faces a pending charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, Duncan said.

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