[Marxism] US cop tasers 10-year-old girl for refusing to take a shower

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 17:38:38 MST 2009


Oxark mayor said: "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."


http://www.smh.com.au/world/police-officer-uses-taser-on-10yearold-girl-after-mother-gives-him-permission-20091119-indm.html

Police officer uses Taser on 10-year-old girl after 'mother gives him
permission'
November 19, 2009 - 10:33AM

A US police officer in a small Arkansas town used a stun gun on an unruly
10-year-old girl after he said her mother gave him permission to do so. Now
the town's mayor is calling for an investigation into whether the Taser use
was appropriate.

Officer Dustin Bradshaw said in a report that police were called to the home
in Ozark on November 11 because of a domestic disturbance. When he arrived,
the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming, the report said.

Bradshaw's report said the girl screamed, kicked and resisted any time her
mother tried to get her in the shower before bed.

"Her mother told me to Tase her if I needed to," he wrote.

The child was "violently kicking and verbally combative" when Bradshaw tried
to take her into custody and she kicked him in the groin. He delivered "a
very brief drive stun to her back", the report said.

The names of the girl and her mother were covered up in the report.

Mayor Vernon McDaniel said on Wednesday the girl wasn't injured and is now
at the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter in Cecil.

However, McDaniel said he wants Arkansas State Police - and if they decline,
the FBI - to investigate the incident. State police have declined, and the
FBI won't say whether it is involved.

"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," he said.


Police Chief Jim Noggle said no disciplinary action was taken against
Bradshaw. He said Tasers are a safe way to subdue people who are a danger to
themselves or others.

"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," he said.

The police chief said his department has never had to Taser a child before.
But he said if the officer tried to forcefully put the girl in handcuffs, he
could have accidentally broken her arm or leg.

Noggle said the girl will face disorderly conduct charges as a juvenile in
the incident.

The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that
his daughter has emotional problems but that she didn't have a weapon and
shouldn't have been Tasered.

"My daughter does not deserve to be Tased and be treated like an animal,"
said Medlock, who is divorced from the girl's mother and does not have
custody.

AP

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