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Police use Taser on a boy, 14, who resisted arrest
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Salt Lake City police used a stun gun on a 14-year-old boy after they say he refused to leave The Gateway mall and resisted arrest on Saturday night. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, police said a group of kids was trying to pick a fight with a second group.

Gateway security officers asked the group to leave the mall, but they refused and at least one boy actively fought with officers, police said.

"He said his group was waiting for someone, and they were not leaving until they did so -- despite what police and security officers were telling them to do," said Salt Lake City Police Department Detective Dennis McGowan.

The boy cursed at officers and clenched his fists, taking "an aggressive stance," McGowan said.

McGowan said the boy refused to turn around to be arrested and pushed back at officers.

"He wouldn't go on the ground, and officers were unable to gain control," McGowan said. "Apparently they were falling on top of each other, so as a last resort, the officer pulled out his Taser."

The boy was taken to a local juvenile detention center.

Juvenile resisting » Police say they zapped him for his own protection
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