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10-year-old Stunned!

Do you know what happens to parents, who out of frustration, use duct tape to confine an out of control child?

I can tell you exactly what can and often does happen in many instances. Some nosey do-gooder or rebellious child calls CPS and the child is removed from the home, placed into foster care and the parents are branded as abusers and prosecuted under child-abuse laws.

Just last month there was a story in the news, about a school secretary in Denver who was charged with false imprisonment and child abuse after doing just that.

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Officer Shocks Girl, 10


An Ozark police officer used a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl Thursday, an action the child’s father has publicly spoken against.

Officer Dustin Bradshaw used a stun gun to subdue the girl, whose mother had called police in response to her daughter misbehaving at the woman’s residence, according to an Ozark police report.

Bradshaw stated in the report that when he arrived at the scene, he found the girl "balled up in the floor crying and screaming (sic)," according to the report.

"I made several attempts to speak with her and she continued to behave in this manner," Bradshaw stated.

Bradshaw said the child’s mother attempted to place the girl in the shower to get her ready for bed.

“I witnessed (the child) screaming, kicking and resisting every time her mother tried to touch her,” Bradshaw stated. "Her mother told me to Tase her if I needed to."

Bradshaw said he and the mother carried the child to the shower, but the child refused to cooperate.

Bradshaw said after realizing there would not be a "peaceful resolution," he moved the child to the living room and told her he was going to place her under arrest, according to the report.

"She was jerking her arms away from me violently while I was trying to cuff her and thrashing about wildly," Bradshaw stated. "While she was violently kicking and verbally combative, (she) struck me with her legs and feet in the groin."

Bradshaw said because he had difficulty placing handcuffs on the girl, he administered a brief drive stun to the child’s back with his stun gun, the report states.

"She immediately stopped resisting and was placed into handcuffs," Bradshaw stated. "She would not walk on her own and I had to carry her to my police car."

The child was taken to the Cecil Youth Shelter.

The child’s father, Anthony Medlock, could not be reached for comment. Medlock has made public comments condemning the use of a stun gun on a 10-year-old child.

Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle has not taken any disciplinary action against Bradshaw, who also could not be reached for comment.

Let me get this straight. A grown man — a trained grown man — can’t control a 10-year-old child? Please. Let’s all hope he is childless and stays that way. I have yet to meet a child, that age that couldn’t be controlled and in most instances no physical contact is necessary.

If the child in question is behaving this badly, either she has parents who have encouraged this type of behavior through their actions (or the lack of action), or she has an allergy or medical condition.

I’ve witnessed some really intense temper tantrums over the years and I would never even consider tasering a child in response. This is outrageous behavior. This officer should be charged at the very least with child abuse. I don’t care what the child was doing — unless maybe she had a weapon? Was she carrying a gun?

I am simply shocked beyond words as to how anyone could justify treating a child in this way. Tasers are not toys. They aren’t made for children.

I assume that since the officer in question was carrying a taser, that he was trained on the proper use of such a weapon. I am sure that he was made aware of the fact that taser can be a deadly weapon, under the right circumstances. They can and have killed people and continue to do so.

Denver school officials, in the case the 6-year-old, were quoted as saying, "This is a deeply troubling incident, and this type of conduct is completely reprehensible and inexcusable." Yet, a police officer believes it was appropriate to taser a child just 4-years-older.

To demand Officer Dustin Bradshaw’s prosecution, contact The Ozark Police Department at: 607 West College St., Ozark, Arkansas 72949 or call (479)667-2233. Be sure to e-mail the reporter, .

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