NEVER Ask the Police for “Help,” Continued

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Officer Dustin Bradshaw of the Ozark, Arkansas Police Department “had no choice” but to shoot a 10-year-old girl with a Taser and then arrest her, insisted Chief Jim Noggle.

The girl’s parents are currently separated. When the emotionally troubled child had a tantrum, the mother, Kelly Hamlert, called the police. Bradshaw’s official report claims that Hamlert told him to electro-torture the child if he “needed” to.

Some might recall that, just a few years ago, a Florida man named Douglas Dycus was charged with felony child abuse and domestic battery when he used a home-made electric stun gun to deal with a misbehaving 14-year-old boy. One would think that a similar criminal charge would be filed against someone who electro-tortured a 10-year-old girl, albeit by proxy.

One would think so. And one would be wrong — because when the state’s armed enforcers subject a small child to such torture, that’s not “child abuse,” but rather a law enforcement decision.“He had no other choice,” insisted Chief Noggle of Bradshaw’s assault on the child. “He had to get the child under control.” According to a local news account, “Ozark police said it is their policy to use a Taser on someone who is a threat to others, no matter their age.”

Savor, if you find its flavor palatable, this official admission that the fully-grown, armed “men” employed as Ozark’s “Finest” can be threatened by 10-year-old girls.

“If you can’t pick the kid up and take her to your car, handcuff her, then I don’t think  you need to be an officer,” commented Anthony Medlock, the girl’s father. That assumes, of course, that arresting and handcuffing a 10-year-old girl is an appropriate reaction to a temper tantrum. Medlock doesn’t think this is the case, complaining that Bradshaw treated his child “like a dog.”

Officer Bradshaw of Ozark, Arkansas handled this problem with the same professional restraint displayed by Officer Joey Williams of the Hot Springs, Arkansas P.D.; Williams was caught on video strangling a 12-year-old girl during an ant-skateboarding crackdown.

5:54 pm on November 17, 2009