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17-year-old Noe Nino de Rivera had no idea he would end up in a coma for trying break up a fight between two girls at Cedar Creek High School on November 20.
A police officer, Randy McMillan, arrived at the high school and saw de Rivera get in between the fighting girls — McMillan responded by tasering him. The officer proceeded to cuff de Rivera, even though the teen was unconscious on the floor. De Rivera was subsequently airlifted to St. David’s Medical Center where is currently in a coma as a result of the incident. He has a traumatic brain hemorrhage from being tasered.
De Rivera’s mother, Maria Acosta, is heartbroken. Her son, who dreamed of joining the marines, may face charges if he wakes up from the coma.
Acosta is suing the county and claims that McMillan had no right to taser her son, who was only trying to “diffuse the situation.” The school “delayed in calling for medical assistance even though N.N. was in an obvious emergency medical situations,” she said.
Acosta thinks McMillan should not have been allowed in the school in the first place, since he used a taser on a student last year. The officer was not disciplined for that incident.
Several witnesses said McMillan used excessive force against de Rivera.
One student who saw what happened said, “There was a crowd watching and the kid was just trying to get the officers to listen to him. When he shot the taser, there was a crowd, and others could have been hit.”
Others agreed and said that de Rivera was not being aggressive towards the officer.
The situation is currently under investigation. We will keep you up-to-date as new information surfaces.
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