BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) The state’s largest police association on Monday defended the tasing of a student in a Bastrop high school last year, saying the teen appeared coherent after the tasing and even apologized to officers during the incident.
The family of 17-year-old Noe Nino de Rivera has filed a federal lawsuit claiming their son suffered a traumatic brain injury after being tased.
The executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, Kevin Lawrence, said many details about the investigation that have not been released, and that they shed an entirely different light on what happened inside Cedar Creek High School.
“There’s a whole lot of other information that just has not yet come out. The officers are being told don’t talk to anybody – the sheriff’s deputies are being told don’t talk to anybody – the school officials are being told don’t talk to anybody,” Lawrence told KXAN.
The family claimed Noe tried to break up a fight between two girls, and was tased by school resource Officer Randy McMillan. They claim Noe was only trying to help. The officers say he interfered with their duties.
The family has claimed Noe hit his head after being tased, and that the incident led to a medically induced coma. Noe is now fighting a traumatic brain injury. The family’s attorney, Adam Loewy, maintains the brain injury is a result of the tasing and the subsequent fall.
But Lawrence says he has learned Noe had been battling headaches for at least a week before the tasing incident. He also said Noe apologized to the officers after the tasing, and appeared coherent.
“He was apologizing to the officers for his behavior and he was saying ‘I shouldn’t have done that,’” Lawrence said. “When they got him to the hospital, he again got out of control and became aggressive to hospital personnel to the point they called the sheriff’s office again said, ‘We need help over here.’”
A federal grand jury is expected to convene soon to consider the case.