The FBI has opened an investigation into a Bastrop 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, officials confirmed Thursday to the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV.
FBI officials said their inquiry will look into whether Deputy Randy McMillan, who used his Taser, and Deputy Timothy Stalcup, who was at the scene, used excessive force on Noe Niño de Rivera or whether they misused their power during the Nov. 20 incident at Cedar Creek High School.
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What we reported
Investigative reporter Tony Plohetski, working for the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, previously reported on security camera video of the Taser incident that raised questions about the police version of events. In the video, the student doesn’t appear to be behaving aggressively toward deputies and might have been backing away when one of them fired the stun gun.