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An Arkansas cop has been suspended after tasering a ten-year-old girl who repeatedly "screamed, kicked and resisted" when her mother attempted to get her to have a shower before bed. Officer Dustin Bradshaw was called to a "domestic disturbance" in Ozark on 11 November, where he found the girl "curled up on the floor, screaming …

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Nevermind the cop

When you call the police on your own 10 year old daughter for throwing a tantrum you are a sick, messed up, individual.

While I'm not particularly bothered at all by the use of the Taser, I am bothered that it was sanctioned and condoned by the kids mother. The whole situation is clearly her fault. She is an idiot and does not deserve to have kids.

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Some parents just shouldn't do parenting

DON'T TELL THE POLICE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY PROBLEMS! They are not there for that and you might well get recycled Iraq veterans in blue for visitors.

Daughter/Granny/Gramps might well end up with a couple of caps in the arse / in custody in the same room with Bubba Violent / in excited delirium and coroner material after a light tasering.

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Clearly

shocking. AC and coat for obvious reasons :P

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meh

should have used a shotgun

Paris - because she's pump action

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Unacceptable

Are you fucking shitting me? What kind of policeman can't restrain a ten year old child without using a taser?

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Shocking

A ten year old can be arrested in the US for curling up on the floor at home, kicking and screaming! and the approriate way to perform the arrest this is to taser and then handcuff her! Every country has it's share of idiots but this is amzaing and quite scary..

As it is the mother needs to start acting as a parent.

The policeman should be prosecuted for assualt.

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If he's punished for this..

(assuming the report of the incident is correct) then it is another green light for little shits to attack people with impunity.

A sub second taser belt is probably preferable for the child than sharp back-hand slap from a burly copper. And anyone who says that's wrong hasn't been kicked in the nuts recently.

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Zero tolerance

Another of those American laws ?

It's against the law for a child to throw a tantrum.

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"Treated like an animal"

Yes, 'cause that's how you gotta treat animals -- show who's boss. "What, fido, you're in my fave chair? Zap!"

The mother's attitude shows why tasers, like guns, shouldn't be in the general public's hands.

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Parents & Discipline

Clearly the mother did make a mistake.

She forgot to video it and flog the tape to a TV gag-reel show.

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seems liek she deserved it

Assaulted an office, she is lucky not to be in juvi

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Well

I'd taser the shit out of my neice if I could, maybe she'd stop being such a pain in the arse. I'm sure back in the day I'd have been tased by my parents too.

Bloody kids.

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She could be heard shouting...

Don't tase me, mom.

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I bet

I bet the little brat will take it a little more seriously when mommy tells her to go to bed now.

That said, what sort of rubbish parent needs to call the cops because her kid is throwing a hissy fit? Can't we have a little chlorine in this gene pool?

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what no-one's mentioned...

He's suspended (on full pay? that's a holiday!) not for the tasering, but for **not turning his camera on!**. Why on earth is that a manual action? it should be on all the time, or at minimum start when the thing's taken out of its holster!

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Cop: Hi Honey, I'm home

Wife: Did you gave a good day at the office dear?

Cop: It was fun! I had a violent criminal who resisted arrest, attempted to flee the scene and then assulted an officer of the law.

Wife: My God! I hope you shot the bastard!

Cop: Nah, she was only ten, so I tasered her instead.

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Gotta love em...

"Noggle clarified: "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.""

And for my next trick, I will impregnate my wife tonight, to avoid getting her accidently knocked up over the next 9 months or so.

Seriously - tasing somebody to stop them from hurting themselves...

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Since when

Since when was it acceptable in a decent society to use implements of torture against anyone, let alone a child?

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Are you mad...

My 18month old child has lies on the floor and screams if I trun of Iggle Piggle, should I taser her? Now thats seems to indicate that we have to decide, at what point it is legitimate to "restrain" someone. Maybe the media has battered you into thinkign that all children are ferral hoodies, but the truth is different, yes there are some very dangerous early teens, but not all of them.

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Of course...

...of course, this sort of thing would NEVER happen here in Blighty, would it? No, we've restricted tasers to trained firearms officers, haven't we?

Oh hang on, we haven't, have we?

Had she been armed I don't think a taser would be OTT, but for a kick in the snardlies?

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@Chris 67

The kind that is afraid of all the hysteria surrounding going within 10 feet of a child if you are not related!

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plus 1 for the copper

Perhaps if this was employed here in the UK the bloody hoodies would do as they are told.

I blame the parents :)

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Child abuse?

I'm no expert, but when a child at that age throws a tantrum it suggests a few things may be wrong, and one of them is child abuse. Does this mother abuse her child? It may appear so as she did ask the policeman to use a taser on her daughter. Also, since the young girl was throwing a tantrum, it suggests that she was not getting the unconditional love that all children should be getting from their parents. I mean, its been scientifically proven that treating a child with love and kindness produces a good person, while treating them without love and with cruelty will produce a bad person. Something to do with certain chemicals been released into the brain that changes the way it grows.

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Should have waited..

until the surly bitch was IN the shower - taser would have been twice as effective.

Wonder if the cop could come to the bottom of my road and taser the little bastards hanging around the shops...... Second thoughts.. local do-gooders won't allow that in case the current damages their ASBO tags.

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Arkansas

that particular state of the US is not known for its high level of thought processes... or for any level of thought at that.

I for one find it rather amusing that this is even considered news-worthy aside for the age of the girl who was causing enough of a ruckus that the neighbors called(at no point in the article say it was the mother) all about taking a shower....

i'll take my coat and call the cops about that damn family next door again....

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How ironic

In the UK, the policeman would have arrested the mother if she had even dared to slap her daughter on the wrist.

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Zap!

Tazers or preferably Cattle Prods should be standard issue for all Parents and Teachers.

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How embarassing...

A fully grown male police officer couldn't control a 10yr old girl?

I can picture it now: 300lb donut jockey, barely able to reach beyond his own ample frame struggling to grasp and restrain a little girl with his stubby chipolata fingers. I see why he didn't have the Taser-Cam on. Can you imagine the stick he'd have got back at the station?

I have daughters (ages 9 and 11) and the only times I've ever felt the need to Tase either of them are:

Christmas eve (They've become immune Chloroform)

When I'm watching a film for the first time that they have already seen

To separate them from the Disney Channel when it's time to go to school.

Joking aside, we can't smack our kids by way of discipline but we can get a someone to electrocute them for us? WTF! Parent and copper need investigating.

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@Mad Dave

Implying a taser is an implement of torture.

Oh you..

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Daily Mail commentards

Okay, I can accept that some kids can be annoying and unruly to a point, but commentards like Sir Runcible Spoon clearly need some feedback to help them get some context in their Daily Mail existence.

Teenagers can be moody little bastards. Even ignoring factors like your parents splitting up, the hormones have an effect. And if my mum had called the cops, I'd be pissed off, and and that cop was gonna tazer me, I'd sure as hell consider kicking the fucker in the nuts.

If your solution is for any youth to to feel the birch every time they get a bit upset, then I hope you never have kids.

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Hmm...

Could a cop physically restrain a 10 year old? Yes.

Is that "safer" and less "traumatic" than a taser bolt? Good question.

Restraint holds can hurt. A lot. That's the point of them, they make you want to stop whatever you are doing and for the pain to go away. They also have to be kept on and there is the risk of tendon damage, dislocation, breakage and even death*. Is that risk lower than a taser bolt? I dunno, I'm no expert and neither are you Dunning-Kruger fools.

The preferable action (maybe) would have been to have the child removed by social services. If she has enough mental problems to throw a violent wobbly when asked to take a shower, she probably needs to be in care (or perhaps simply removed from her (feckless?) parents?). There again, we would then be reading some story about how the rozzers had a child taken away and the mother jailed just because the kid didn't want a shower.

Like making peoples life hard much?

*Either as a direct result of the restraint (if a choke/strangle is employed) or from positional asphyxia if a pin is used and kept on for too long.

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Camera turned off

So the camera was turned off. He gets 7days suspended with pay.

If the camera had been turned on, that would have been filming the of torture of a child.

Think of the children! What sentance would he have got for making video of that!!!!

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Just...Wow

I can't really blame the cop. A small child in full histrionics can be very difficult to handle without hurting them. A light tap of the taser was the safest course he could have taken - safest for the girl.

I do blame the mother. WTF?! calling the cops for a tantrum? If the gilr hadn't kicked the cop in the wedding tackle, what would the charge have been? Disorderly in private? Or, being this was Arkansas, "Failing to honor your mother and/or father"? But yeah, complete failure of parenting there.

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WTF

Some people approve of the officer's way of handling the situation?! Dubble Yu, Tee, Eff? Did this report bring out all of the dolphins?

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Everyone looks pathetic

A parent who has to call the cops to deal with a child's tantrum...a cop who can't restrain a ten year-old girl without electrocuting her...everyone in this story should have FAIL tattooed across their foreheads.

On the other hand, the cop has only administered what the parent(s) should have done a long time ago...a bloody good hiding. I bet good ol' mom only has to lift the phone off the hook and the kid is washed and in pyjamas before the receiver has reached her ear...

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Hilarious!

I feel sorry for that girl and agree she may not have a very nice life but if I had a taser, I'd taser in the morning, I'd taser in the evening............

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@Ex-IT

Spot on, old Son.

@Tom Welsh

Exactly why we have out-of-control feral brats here

@Mad Dave

Your comment is also exactly why we have out-of-control feral brats here.

Yes, I do have a son who became a proper little Kevin at twelve. I was on it like a ton of bricks - harsh, even - and it only lasted a month or two. Now I have a 24yr old son who I can genuinely say is one of my best buddies, as well as my offspring.

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Re: seems liek she deserved it

Assaulted an office, she is lucky not to be in juvi

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Whether Bradshaw will be held to account remains to be seen, but Medlock's daughter - WHO'S REPORTEDLY NHARMED AND IN THE CARE OF THE WESTERN ARKANSAS YOUTH SHELTER IN CECIL - faces a charge of "disorderly conduct", AP notes. ®

Sounds alot like Juvi to me....

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Slack-assed Mayor

Surely officers of the law (in any country) are trained to use the minimum required force to gain control of a situation. If not, the cop would have just shot her dead. After the tasing the child became manageable and probably learnt a life-lesson. All-round win.

However, the lily-livered mayor decides to bay for blood. Justice? The incompetent vote-seeker wouldn't know justice if they got tasered with it! By stating that the 7 day suspension is like a 'slap on the wrist' they've already found the cop guilty. Before any form of trial. There's justice...

Epic FAIL!

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Wow - Epic fail throughout

* Instruction to take bath

* Tantrum

* Police called

* Arrest attempted

* Arrest resisted

* Tazoring

About the only legitimate action-reaction in that seems to be a child throwing a tantrum in response to what a parent demands, though resisting arrest doesn't seem unreasonable in the circumstances.

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@Daniel Jarick

Oh to live in your world....

child having tantrum != Child Abuse whereas Daniel Jarick == idiot

I bet you're a social worker....

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Solution

Spray the kid with a hose. Shuts them up, doesnt hurt, AND gives them the shower!

simples!

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Only in America

Saying that if the dads cleaver he'll sue the manufacturer of the Taser for allowing this to happen. $6 million for the distress and damage it caused sounds good to me.

And all the people saying 'good for him', if it had killed her i'm guessing you'd still be happy, haven't done eletrical engineering for 15 years but something in the back of my head says this little girl took a bigger hit than an adult would, Ohms law and resistance or something, like i said 15 years.

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Emotional Problems

So the kid has emotional problems? Well if she didn't before, she will have now.

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No wonder we have hostile adults in this world with parents like this mother...

So the mother suggests tasering?! thereby demonstrating her own desire to use considerable violence against her child and she wonders why the child has emotional problems?!. What an angry moron. I'm wondering where she learned that parenting tip!. I.e. Inflict considerable violence onto child to cause considerable pain and thereby force it into submission. What's the betting that's how this mother was treated by her own parents. So each generation passing on this parenting approach to the next generation. Wonderful.

Its not hard to see the level of contempt this mother is capable of towards everyone around her, when she can so willingly inflict such arrogant violent contempt on even her own child.

I suspect we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg so to speak, with this mother's attitude to the world around her.

Add in the parents separation which can easily cause a child a lot of distress, its not hard to see why this child is having emotional problems. Anyone would in her situation. So to then punish her with a taser!?! ... Wow, what a world. :(

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Mother called cops, eh? You know this how?

I'm not sure why everyone is assuming that it was the mother that called the cops - article just says that the officer was called to a domestic disturbance. I've been assuming that the kid's tantrum was so extreme that the neighbours called the cops.

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Tase the emotionally unstable, the young and the mentally ill, that'll teach em!

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Smack not Beat..

@Tom Welsh

In Blighty you are allowed to smack your child.

Look up the Childrens act of 2004, section 58.

Smacking is not a good punishment for a crime that's happened more than just a few moments ago, the negative association needs to happen when the instance does for it to have impact.

Having been cursed by a Ozark Witch I can tell you that there are some really odd types in that area, probably worse towards the Oklahoma side.

I guess the positive thing here was that the police officer had his gun replaced with a Taser, else he woulda shot her in the leg or arm.

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small child?

Article said she was 10, not that she was small. Could have been a 200lb 6-double-cheeseburgers-a-day 10 year old, especialy given the kind of upbringing she's probably had. Given her mother thought she was in great need of a shower she probably wasn't the nicest of little shites to deal with either. I don't blame the cop for taking the easy way out instead of giving her a good old fashion wallop on the arse. His main mistake was not to have tasered & cuffed the mother as well, for giving him permission to tase the kid.

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A child is not!

A child is not a short adult. They are smaller than adults because there bodies are not fully developed. They are emotionally and behaviourly different from adults because these qualities are still under development. It is not abnormal for children to have screaming and kicking fits! Learning to control such emotions is a necessary and normal part of growing up and subjecting them to a modern torture device is clearly not going to help that process.

This mother and the state employed terrorist are clearly guilty of child abuse and the child, poor soul, is in the loop to become a dysfunctional adult because tasering is probably not the only abuse in her short life.

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