Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shocking Story - Cop Tasers 10-year-old

Pardon the pun but this one's a bit of a shocker! Believe it or not but an Ozark, Arkansas, police officer tasered a 10-year-old girl because she would not take a shower.

It's a story making news worldwide. Officer Dustin Bradshaw was called to the home by the girl's mother because of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival Bradshaw found the girl curled up on the floor, screaming. In his police report Bradshaw stated that the girl screamed, kicked and resisted when her mother tried to get her into the shower before bed.

"Her mother told me to tase her if I needed to," Bradshaw continued.

Bradshaw tried to take the 10-year-old into custody, however, the girl's behavior quickly changed and she soon was "violently kicking and verbally combative." He further stated that the girl kicked him in the groin.

That was when he tased her. Bradshaw said in his report that he delivered "a very brief drive stun to her back."

Ozark Mayor Vernon McDaniel said that the girl was not injured, and she is now residing at the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter in Cecil, Arkansas.

However, McDanial isn't sure if Officer Bradshaw acted appropriately. McDaniel asked the Arkansas State Police to investigate the incident, but they have declined to do so. Now McDaniel has asked the FBI to do so.

"People here feel like that he made a mistake in using a Taser, and maybe he did, but we will not know until we get an impartial investigation," said McDaniel.

Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle, who said that Bradshaw is not facing disciplinary action, also claimed that Tasers are safe.

"We didn't use the Taser to punish the child — just to bring the child under control so she wouldn't hurt herself or somebody else," said Noggle.

Noggle said the officer might have accidentally broken the child's arm or leg if he had forcibly tried to handcuff her. Chief Noggle actually managed to say that with a straight face.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has reported that the girl's father, Anthony Medlock, said the girl has emotional problems but she was not armed and should not have been tasered.

"My daughter does not deserve to be tased and be treated like an animal," said Medlock. He and the girl's mother are divorced and the mother has sole custody.

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Anonymous said...

It's pretty sad that a cop has to use a weapon to subdue a 10 year old girl!

Anonymous said...

It's also pretty sad that the police were called to handle a parenting issue. I would have just let her be filthy for a night if she didn't want to shower.

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