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Doing It Wrong: Tasering a 10 yr girl to drag her into your patrol car

7:57 pm - 11/18/2009
Please tag this: police, children,

There are many upstanding police officers, usually unsung heroes, that go above and beyond their call of duty (for example, the vice squad in Toronto who help trafficked women beyond taking evidence)...the ones that treat children with gentleness and serve as good examples.

...and then there THIS GUY:

Fail cop Dustin Bradshaw of Ozark, Arkansas, made the judgment call of using a taser to subdue a 10 yr old in her own home. The mother had actually requested this, because the girl wouldn't take a shower...but as the authority figure, he should have taser the mother spoke to the lady about why this is deeply deeply wrong, and ask the girl if there are other guardians she'll like to phone.

Taser gun used on 10-year-old girl who 'refused to take shower'

The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, who is divorced from her mother, said the girl showed signs of emotional problems but did not deserve to be "treated like an animal".

He said: "Ten years old and they shot electricity through her body, and I want to know how the heck in God's green earth can they get away with this.


If there is any sanity left in society, the girl's father or someone related to the girl who is competent and caring, should get the custody before the mother sells her for drugs.

I also don't care where she kicked him, she's 10yr old, if a police officer was actually endangered by a 10yr old enough to use a taser, I don't think he's fit to guard a pebble. I'm a civilian woman and I've manage to carry a hysterical 11 yr old under one arm when he's been fighting with his sis, absolutely no damage to him, or me. Sneak an arm around their waist and lift. I bet he probably did it because he was angry, which makes him again, unfit as an officer and a human being, because she was a CHILD, you control your temper when it's a child.

The kid could have had a heart attack, and now she'll have trouble trusting our society's authority figure, which is going to be doubly bad if her mom was abusing her outside of this.

ETA send your complaints to the Ozark Police Department via:

Ozark Police Department

Chief of Police
Jim Noggle

607 West College St
Ozark, Arkansas 72949
(479)667-2233


I think snail mail will probably be taken more seriously. Avoid threats and curses if you are using a real address, keeping in mind that real addresses and diplomatically worded letters might accomplish more. (Though the realisation that the town's current mood is pitchforks and torches have their effect...)
klutzy_girl 19th-Nov-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
WTF? She didn't want to take a shower! That was it. You don't punish a kid like that. I hope this police officer gets punished for doing that to the ten year old. And I also hope the father gets custody.
hourglasscreate 19th-Nov-2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh holy shit. When my daughter was pubescent (which can happen even younger than 10) she threw a fit about taking a bath. We dealt with it and then turned it into a learning experience for later in puberty when the crazy really turned on.

Talk about a horrible mother and a rotten cop...

queenweasley 19th-Nov-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Ugh, I read this article earlier today and I was totally disgusted.

I also don't care where she kicked him, she's 10yr old, if a police officer was actually endangered by a 10yr old enough to use a taser, I don't think he's fit to guard a pebble. I'm a civilian woman and I've manage to carry a hysterical 11 yr old under one arm when he's been fighting with his sis, absolutely no damage to him, or me. Sneak an arm around their waist and lift. I bet he probably did it because he was angry, which makes him again, unfit as an officer and a human being, because she was a CHILD, you control your temper when it's a child.

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY.
schonste 19th-Nov-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
aha aaha AHA haa aahahaha

What the fuck

Please take that child away from that mother ASAP.
saramiskismet 19th-Nov-2009 01:06 am (UTC)
WTF HORRIBLE MOTHER
WTF DUMBASS POLICEMAN
tiddlywinks103 19th-Nov-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
WAT. TEH. FCUK.

He needs to be fired. There is no way, at any point, this was "appropriate force" or any other such bullshit terms they've been using to excuse incidents like this. You basically electrocuted a pre-teen minor for kicking you. You should be fired, immediately.
squeeful 19th-Nov-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I'm a civilian woman and I've manage to carry a hysterical 11 yr old under one arm when he's been fighting with his sis, absolutely no damage to him, or me. Sneak an arm around their waist and lift.

I can't do that. Granted, that's because I am the same size as an 11 year old (though I weigh more), but there are other ways. Tasering is not one of them.
hohaiyee 19th-Nov-2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Well yeah, don't expect EVERYONE to be able to do it, but police officer? Def!

Like dude, I'm not THAT strong, and I'm kinda short (but taller than the 11yr year old, though he's catching up). The key is, if you are strong enough to lift him, off the ground, he has no leverage to break out of your hold, and if you get him by the waist at your side, he really can't kick or punch at ya! Then they get tire and you put them down and give them some alone time. (Do NOT do this if you are near a wall or anything the kid can bang their head into, NEVER dangle them forward in case you drop them. NEVER Dangle them by their head or limbs.)

Like dude, the best thing is always talking to them, unlike they are fighting and you need to separate them, I have no clue why the officer even approached the girl since no one was endangered, when the woman tell the him to take the girl away, did he ask what for? Other guardians?

A lot of the FAIL Authority incidents involving kids, happens when authority has the patience of four year old, if a kid is throwing a temper, you make sure they don't hurt other kids and they don't run off where you can't track them, but yanno, you can actually BACK OFF for a moment, kids aren't demons, they get TIRED. I remember that little black girl who was handcuffed in class... Heck, this goes for stationary crazy people too. If they are throwing things, send the kids to another class.
lillyflowers 19th-Nov-2009 01:08 am (UTC)
NO JUST NO FUCKING NO. A 10 year old? Unless she was the size and strength of an adult, NO NO NO NO NO.
hourglasscreate 19th-Nov-2009 04:36 am (UTC)
My mother had her full height at 8, so it isn't *impossible* that she has the size and strength of an adult, but really...
castalianspring 19th-Nov-2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Another article I saw earlier mentioned this wasn't the first time the mother had called the police because she couldn't control her child. I'm thinking something really wrong is going on there to the point that some intervention and counseling are needed.
pinksta_r 19th-Nov-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Ridiculous. Don't say shit when she grows up to be Jenny Jones/Maury case.
layweed 19th-Nov-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Tasering your kid for not wanting to take a shower.




Righttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
bitter_sweet05 19th-Nov-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I read this earlier, when it showed up on my MSN feed, and was genuinely disgusted. Then I read the article about the 15 year old girl who killed a 9 year old because she 'wanted to know what it was like to kill someone' and I decided I was disgusted with humanity for the day.
rubric_kolinahr 19th-Nov-2009 05:46 am (UTC)
D: Oh (g)od I feel ill.
bitter_sweet05 19th-Nov-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
It... bad day for my mental state, bb. It's just so fucked up. She's being tried as an adult, at least. Like that'll bring the 9 year old back. =[
pullmystrings 19th-Nov-2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I thought this was about a Canadian at first because of the Toronto link so I was all ashamed
but nvm
That is, of course, fucking ridiculous though
hohaiyee Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I too enjoy feeling superior to the Americans, especially about the aboriginals...BEFORE I discover that little thing where the government were kidnapping native kids to teach and beat native culture out of them, last school closed in the 80s, AND, social services...overwhelmingly white...overwhelming take native kids away and put them with white foster parents. According to the Toronto Sun, native child protective services get 25% less funding, and resources they need to try and keep the family together, even though they need it more.

...I just, needed a counter point, because, even with incidences like this, and Fort Hood, and the mom who might have sold her kid for drugs...I need to remember that it ain't all bad.
pullmystrings Re: Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I don't really understand what point you were trying to make here.
Although trust me, I am aware of the residential schools in Canada
hohaiyee Re: Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Well this: I thought this was about a Canadian at first because of the Toronto link so I was all ashamed

If your thought was, "Well, it's not Canada, whew, we're free", my point is, bad things happen everywhere, and thinking It Can't Happen At Home doesn't help.

Good for you, I took Canadian History, but I didn't know about that, until it came up in the news. If it was mention in class, it probably amounted to a few obscure lines.
pullmystrings Re: Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 01:41 am (UTC)
oh. no, that was a joke.
squeeful Re: Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Feeling superior to anyone and enjoying it is a good way to be an ass and to have your ass handed to you.
hohaiyee Re: Shit happens everyone19th-Nov-2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Well, more accurately, it should have been, I too enjoyed feeling superior to the Americans...and that was of course, when the history I know was only what I was taught in class.
pennieblack 19th-Nov-2009 01:23 am (UTC)
What the hell, calling the police on your ten-year-old daughter.

What the fuck, tasering a kid. She had a tantrum! Big deal! Ignore her until she calms down and then ground her. That mom shouldn't be a parent, but that officer was put into a position of power. He damn well should have known better.

That poor kid.
ex_memento 19th-Nov-2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I suspect the full story re: the manageability of the kid is not being told here, especially if there is a history of emotional problems and behavioral trouble - but that is something for social services and counselling etc. to deal with. That doesn't take away from the fact that A POLICE OFFICER THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO TASER A 10 YEAR OLD CHILD.
hohaiyee 19th-Nov-2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Well guess what? If I have no soul, I will bet good money on her being next to impossible to manage now that her mother and a police officer had her electrically shocked for not taking a bath.
ex_memento 19th-Nov-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
For fucking serious. If she apparently had behavioral problems to the point where the mother had previously called the police in order to try and get control of her before, there is obviously a bigger issue at stake (in terms of the mother not being a suitable parent) that wasn't addressed then that she obviously thought tasering the child was a good idea. This is so appalling.
ladylothwen 19th-Nov-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
What the fuck?

One, who calls the cops because your child doesn't want to take a shower? And two, WHY ARE DID HE TASER A CHILD?
poccapicchu 19th-Nov-2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Seriously? Calling the cops because your daughter won't take a shower is wrong, but the cop who actually tasered the girl upon her mother's request is worse.
leelakin 19th-Nov-2009 02:04 am (UTC)
I still don't get how tasers are legal anywhere. @_@ They are unnecessary and scare the shit out of me. All that reported abuse doesn't really prove the opposite.
mhael I've heard of this place before...19th-Nov-2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Ozark, Arkansas is where Bugs Bunny once took vacation.

Also:

The local Police Chief Jim Noggle said no disciplinary action was taken against Bradshaw.

"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.


Those wishing to contact the Ozark Police Department to express their displeasure at their lack of compassion can do so here:

Ozark Police Department

Chief of Police
Jim Noggle

607 West College St
Ozark, Arkansas 72949
(479)667-2233

hohaiyee Re: I've heard of this place before...19th-Nov-2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, I've edited the post, though, isn't there any independent board to complain to?
mhael Re: I've heard of this place before...19th-Nov-2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Not that I found. The official website of Ozark, AK is down, which might be either intentional, or it crashed due to traffic.

astragali Re: I've heard of this place before...19th-Nov-2009 06:53 am (UTC)
It's AR, not AK. AK is Alaska.
homasse 19th-Nov-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
...How is calling the police because your child won't take a shower not a waste of the police's time?! What the fuck.

And also, NO, NO, GODDAMN IT, YOU DO NOT TASE A CHILD. I don't care what that child is doing.

And if a grown-ass man can not handle a ten-year-old child and feels he is endangered enough to need to use a taser, you should not be a police officer. And if you think it's OK to tase a ten-year-old child because they are defying you...you should not be a police officer.

AAAAAAAARGH.
simply_blah 19th-Nov-2009 03:07 am (UTC)
So what? Social Services aren't going to investigate the mother? Does everyone in the town think this is okay? No punishment whatsoever? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-----
youbeboy 19th-Nov-2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Yes, fail mother, I see your logic.
angry_chick 19th-Nov-2009 03:48 am (UTC)
God I hate people.
morningapproach 19th-Nov-2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Omg. Refusing to take a shower is going to forever ruin her, and is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!!!! Please officer who is here because of what reason? Taser her before she gets any filthier!!!


I hope that the father gets custody.
iamashamed 19th-Nov-2009 05:53 am (UTC)
NO.
dearmisterecho 19th-Nov-2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Lemme guess - he'll take a little paid vacation and be back on the force in a month.
mercystars 19th-Nov-2009 06:17 am (UTC)
I have relatives in Ozark, Arkansas. D:

Hey, where is bludstone as of late?
sixdemonhag 19th-Nov-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Okay, Mr. Cop - can't handle a ten year old? Go find an elementary school teacher and they'll handle it for you, no taser necessary.
noir_aya 19th-Nov-2009 07:02 am (UTC)
What is this....I don't even...
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lied_ohne_worte 19th-Nov-2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Aren't tasers supposed to be used only in situations where a police officer would otherwise have to shoot someone? So... should we be thankful that he had a taser because he would have shot her otherwise for not wanting to take a shower? I really can't understand what goes on in the heads of people.
ipromiseuiwill 19th-Nov-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
As the child of a police officer, I've got to say a few things. A taser should have been the last resort. However, we don't know a few things: the size of the child, and whether or not she was truly combatative enough to warrant being tased. A taser isn't a replacement for shooting someone, its to subdue a person in a violent situation. Police officers have been known to tase people for being violent and combative, even adult women that are 5 feet tall, around or under 100 pounds. My 11 year old sister is about this size. I'm not saying it was wrong or right, but that we don't have enough information.
akisamexamaya 19th-Nov-2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
What the fuck is this shit? The girl needs to be removed from her mother's care ASAP. And the police officer better be fired in the VERY least. You do not taser a CHILD. What the fuck.
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