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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, …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    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.

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    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.

  3. Anonymous Coward


    shocking. AC and coat for obvious reasons :P

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    should have used a shotgun

    Paris - because she's pump action

  5. Chris 67


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

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    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.

  7. Sir Runcible Spoon

    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.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Zero tolerance

    Another of those American laws ?

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

  9. Marvin the Martian

    "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.

  10. Mike Bird 1

    Parents & Discipline

    Clearly the mother did make a mistake.

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

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    seems liek she deserved it

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

  12. Daniel Wilkie
    Thumb Up


    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.

  13. Georgees

    She could be heard shouting...

    Don't tase me, mom.

  14. The Vociferous Time Waster

    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?

  15. Jim Deakin

    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!

  16. Paul Smith


    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.

  17. Law

    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...

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Since when

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

  19. David Edwards

    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.

  20. Wokstation

    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?

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Chris 67

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

  22. Brett
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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 :)

  23. Anonymous Coward

    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.

  24. Blubster

    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.

  25. Anonymous Coward


    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....

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How ironic

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

  27. Anonymous Coward


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

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    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.

  29. Georgees

    @Mad Dave

    Implying a taser is an implement of torture.

    Oh you..

  30. Atherton20

    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.

  31. The BigYin
    Thumb Down


    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.

  32. Ian 62

    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!!!!

  33. Swarthy


    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.

  34. Fred Mbogo
    Thumb Down


    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?

  35. Sordid Details

    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...

  36. John 30


    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............

  37. Ted Treen

    @Ex-IT inter alia


    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.

  38. Michael Habel

    Re: seems liek she deserved it

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


    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....

  39. LuMan

    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!

  40. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge

    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.

  41. Justabloke 1

    @Daniel Jarick

    Oh to live in your world....

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

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

  42. Witty username
    Thumb Up


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


  43. Scott 19
    Thumb Down

    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.

  44. Anomalous Cowherd Silver badge

    Emotional Problems

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

  45. MinionZero
    Thumb Down

    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. :(

  46. David Lucke

    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.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


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

  48. Deodok

    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.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    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.

  50. arborlinden

    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.

  51. Graham Marsden

    Forget the "Naughty Step"...

    ... that's *so* last year...!

  52. John Square
    IT Angle


    If it's OK for a cop to use a taser on an 11 year old child, tech support can wield them against users?

    Can we take a quick vote, and I'll see if I can catch eBuyer before the next day delivery deadline expires...

    (I know it's Bootnotes, but I found an IT angle)

  53. Sean Timarco Baggaley

    Trial by commentard

    There is insufficient data to make any kind of judgement call on this. The child could have mental health issues. The mother likewise. The neighbours might have been the ones who called the police. The child might have been having a genuinely dangerous fit....

    If an adult can be tasered, why not a child?

    And to those complaining about the small (though certainly not trivial) act of violence committed against the child, I have news for you: hormones weren't invented in the 1970s. Do you think adolescents weren't also sulky and rebellions in the 1880s? 1780s? Go back as far as you like and you'll find our ancestors thought nothing of giving a recalcitrant child a clout round the ear when they deserved one. "Decent society" is whatever society says it is.

    Moderation is the key, not extremism. A punishment has to be meaningful if the threat of it is to have any effect. Kids learn this very quickly, which is why our education system has suffered somewhat. (I'm not advocating the cane, but I *am* advocating we stop listening to the parents of spoiled brats; they've already proven their incompetence.)

  54. No, I will not fix your computer

    @David Lucke

    >>"I want to make this clear, I'm not calling them [the police] over here to handle my problem. I'm having them come over here to protect my daughter from hurting herself or hurting someone else."

    Sounds like "she had called them over"

    I wish I knew that this "zap your 10 year old" service was available when my daughter was 10, I had to resort to sending her to her room and "the naughty stair", maybe the brat is a brat, but at 10 (and earlier) you have the opportunity nurturing a child to become a decent person, zapping her, and sending her away will make her worse and scar her for life, cruelty breeds cruelty.

  55. Anonymous John

    Re Unacceptable

    Restraint is one thing. Restraint without causing damage is quite another.

    I had a cat one who got so violent when she was scared, even after being sedated for an operation, that a taser might have been the most humane alternative.

  56. rho

    A lot of issues here

    First of all, there are tantrums and then there are tantrums. Maybe it was just a kicking, screaming fit. Maybe it was a full-on pseudo-seizure. Ever see a kid have a hair-tearing fit? They actually could hurt themselves. Mom may be to blame for the emotional problems, but that doesn't change the fact that maybe the girl was seriously out of control.

    While I'm sure any police officer could easily restrain a 10-year-old, the problem here is the 10-year-old is not interested in being restrained, and in order to settle her down there's a real chance the officer could seriously injure her. The guy very likely felt that the taser was the course of least harm.

    All that said, this was almost certainly a bad decision all around. Mom shouldn't have called the cops, and the cop shouldn't have used the taser. I'm not exactly sure what should have been done, but I'd guess that were I there I would have tried to restrain little miss precious as well as I could to keep her from hurting herself, kick in the nuts or no. That's part of being an adult--you have to be the adult even if the kid's a little shit. Eventually she'd tire herself out. But if she was one of those ginormous fatass kids I see around these days, I dunno, I'd sure think hard about a motivating electrical shock.

  57. brimful

    In the immortal words of Russell Peters

    "Beat the B*st*rds" or something along those lines.

    To all those out there who say that beating your children is wrong, I say you're dillusional

    To all those who say that they weren't beaten as kids and turned out alright - good on you.

    My mum can't throw a ball to save her life but when I was a kid, she had a sniper's aim when she threw her slipper at me.

  58. Sir Runcible Spoon


    "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."

    If I had kids, they wouldn't need the birch..


    hardly at all I reckon.

    If I have a certain laissez-faire attitude towards corporal punishment I blame my parents who would tazer me as soon as look at me when I was child :) Loved every minute of it too - can't recommend it enough ! If I'd been that little girl I would have asked for seconds.

    And I'm particularly offended by your implication that I read the Daily Fail - that's just going too far !

  59. FreeTard
    Thumb Down

    Nuffink more than...

    ...bad parenting. There is no reason to ever call the police for an 11 year old child.

    Mind you the cop was totally out of order for

    1. listening to the mother tell him to taser her

    2. doing it.

    She is only 11 FFS. The MOTHER should be tasered.

    Epic fail.

  60. Anonymous Coward

    As a parent myself

    and particularly a step-parent,

    where can I get a taser?

    Put the remote control down kid and step into the kitchen nice and easy, and nobody gets hurt. Fill the sink with warm water and washing up liquid, do it, do it now

    This is a 10Mv magnum taser and I know what you're thinking, did he or didn''t he?

    Actually, i'm not sure I'm cut out to be a parent, can someone tell me where I can hand him back?

  61. Anonymous Coward


    I know a child who has recently gone 11 and she is 5'11'' and of a large frame, so before we pass judgement perhaps we should remember not all children are tiny.

  62. Maty

    Just one question ...

    How bad was the tantrum? Since Daddy admits that the child has emotional issues, this looks like more than your average 10-year-old wobbly. If there was a chance of the kid actually harming herself - e.g. by banging her head violently on something - then she needed to be restrained.

    Not sure that a tazer would be my restraint of choice, but I can see why the cop would be reluctant to lay hands on the girl - I see an earlier poster is already talking about child abuse.

  63. Valerion

    Youtube link

    Or it didn't happen.

  64. J 3

    @Trial by commentard

    "If an adult can be tasered, why not a child?"

    If an adult can drink, why not a child?

    If an adult can vote, why not a child?

    If an adult can drive, why not a child?

    If an adult can have 800 mg of ibuprofen, why not a child?

    If an adult can consent to sex, why not a child?

    If an adult can run for office, why not a child?

    Children are not mini-adults. Bloody stupid people who think so are part of the problem... Which also means that "reasoning" with, e.g., a 2 year-old is as stupid as it goes too.

  65. Richard 102


    "What kind of policeman can't restrain a ten year old child without using a taser?"

    One who is doubled over and can't breathe after a sharp, hard kick in the goolies by an utter brat.

    Besides, have you SEEN the women in Arkansas? Most of them look like Australian Rules Football players who've been going a bit heavy on the starches and Human Growth Hormone. Hell, Hillary Clinton looks TRIM in comparison.

  66. Pablo


    You just know this piece-of-human-waste parent is going to threaten she daughter with having the police taser her again every time she does the least thing. No wonder she has emotional problems, growing up with a mother like that, who wouldn't?

  67. W. Easton


    More than likely the girl was being removed from the home (under arrest) because the officer realized this situation could easily escalate between the mother and the child. I am going to guess that the girl probably hit her mother at some point during the altercation. We know she kicked the officer, that's one domestic assault and one assaulting a peace officer charge. Both of which have long lasting criminal repercussions in the US. They did her a favor by only charging her with disorderly conduct.

    I can't say the tazing was justified, because I wasn't there, but if you have ever struggled with a truely pissed off 10 year old you may realize that they are not as easy to restrain as you would think.

  68. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I wonder when they developed the taser gun whether their test programme and their test safety programme actually used children as their test subjects?

    Somehow I doubt it. So how can they be sure that the taser is safe on kids?

    What is the minimum age for tasering a child? Have they evaluated this?

  69. Anonymous Coward


    So, one oft omitted fact in the above comments is that Dad admitted that the kid has emotional problems. It just so happens that some friends of mine adopted a girl (who's now 11) with *extreme* ADHD and Bi-Polar disorder. She punches holes in walls and kicks in doors when she's throwing one of her (frequent) tantrums. Her doctors have basically told the parents that they could be the best parents in the world and still she would be out of control. From what I've witnessed, it would take at least a couple of cops and a few blasts from a taser to subdue her if that ever became necessary.

    Basically my point is: 1) This may not be Mom's fault. There really is such a thing is evil, unruly children. 2) The cop may really have had no better choice. I'm just glad that he used the more restrained and much less dangerous "touch tase" option on his taser and not the full blast, paralyzing shock that comes from shooting the darts.

  70. Anonymous Coward

    The next day...

    Brat to Mother: Oh yeah? not so tough now your pig boyfriend with the sizzle-stick ain't around, are ya!

    Seriously, as a parent you're supposed to be teaching your children self-control and training them in the habit of good behaviour. Its a tough one, so start from when they're born.

    Best advice I ever got? You're the boss, not the child. Always tell the truth (follow through on threats, so make them reasonable as well as uncomfortable). Be consistent.

  71. Anonymous Coward

    All kidding aside

    Reading this actually made me feel physically sick. Reading some of the comments made me feel even worse.

    Some of you fuckwits are actually advocating the use of electro-torture on a little ten year old girl. If *anyone* crossed my threshold and attempted to use one of those things on my family they would need to send more cops with something a little more powerful than tasers. The one with the taser would, at least, never walk again. If he tried to use it on any kids in my family he would be going back to his own feet-first.

    If you can't control your own daughter you're a shit parent. If you're a cop and your best call is to tase a child you aren't fit to be on the street. Both parent and cop, in my humble opinion, are arseholes.

  72. Paul RND*1000


    If I'd been tazed every time I threw a screaming, mental tantrum as a kid, I'd glow in the dark now.

    On the other hand, I grew up before it was deemed unacceptable to administer physical punishment, and I would get a wallop *when I deserved it* so at all times I knew there were limits to just how far I could push it before I really got myself in trouble. I might have been a tetchy little bugger at times, but things never got out of hand.

  73. Goat Jam

    Single Mother Parenting

    at its finest.

  74. Anonymous Coward


    Mr Policeman we salute you.

    Are we allowed to award the man a medal and give him an honourary knighthood?

    re AC 10:48 GMT:

    "Another of those American laws? It's against the law for a child to throw a tantrum."

    And you sir are a genius. Writing to my representatives immediately with your suggestion. Not quite as good as making stuff we don't like, for instance child poverty, illegal but nonetheless a brilliant idea. You should do the same in the UK, I might even be tempted to return if it was illegal to wear hoodies and talk like a chav. Perhaps issuing tazers to school teachers would be the way to go.

  75. Craig 28

    Regarding hoodies

    Was an interesting documentary on a few weeks ago about how violent society has been. Apparently teddy boys that grouped up in gangs were way worse than hoodies ever have been, going so far as to carry chains and get into big fights just because they find a punch up enjoyable. Apparently in the 50s knives were as bad a problem as they are now at least. Violence comes in bursts it seems, it always comes around eventually, but we're more and more shocked by lesser and lesser acts of violence because we are a less violent society. Get a grip and look at the facts.

    While it may or may not be justified to stun the kid it was definitely not justified for the mother to suggest the use of the taser. She is not qualified to make that decision. After the mother suggested the taser I could well imagine the kid panicking and reacting instinctively in preemptive self defence. I sure as hell wouldn't have stood for someone suggesting that, though I'd probably have given her a gob full instead. That said the kid is known to have emotional control issues it seems, and the mother is obviously not capable of reacting with any diplomacy. If the mother isn't incompetent or abusive then it would probably be advisable for her to receive advice on dealing with such a child from professionals. Shouting "Tase her if you need to!" isn't going to calm her down, that's for bloody certain.

  76. JohnG

    An extract from

    "ECD Use on a pregnant, infirm, elderly, small child, or low body-mass index (BMI) person could increase the risk of death or serious injury. ECD Use has not been scientifically tested on these populations. The ECD should not be Used on members of these populations unless the situation justifies possible higher risk of death or serious injury."

    Whilst a kick in the groin might be quite painful, even if administered by a ten year old girl, the cop couldn't claim anyone at the scene was at risk of "death or serious injury".

  77. Neoc

    Not biased, right?


    McDaniel continues to push for an Arkansas state police criminal investigation into Bradshaw's use of the Taser. Medlock is also demanding satisfaction. He said: "I don't know if justice will come out of it or not, but I'm going to do my damndest to get justice out of it. Somebody needs to pay. Seven days suspended with pay that isn’t anything. That's not even a slap on the wrist."


    Yes, nice the see the Mayor and Mr Medlock are completely unbiased about this. Particularly Medlock's "if he isn't found guilty, justice hasn't been done" attitude. Wonderful.

    As for nay-sayers who argue about the cop's use of the taser... I wasn't present, I haven't seen the official reports, so this is premised on the fact that El Reg's report of the altercation are correct.

    I have seen what a 10yo in full blown shit-kicking rampage can do, and I can understand why the copy might have felt he needed to calm the kid down. And why is it that just because a cop is a cop, he (or she) has to endure shit (and kicking and biting) that neither you nor I would tolerate? When doing their job? Admittedly, whether the mother should have called in the cops is dubious - however, once a domestic had been called in and the child's legal guardian steps in and requires the policeman to subdue the child... (sideline - just how good a mother had this person been if said 10yo has been raised in such a way as to make this mega-tantrum possible?)

    So no, I'm not predisposed to blame the police officer, unlike some of the posters around here.

    Actually, I'm glad this has been given the publicity it has - maybe it'll make the next delinquent think twice about causing trouble. While I agree that Police action should *always* be reviewed post-event for appropriateness, I personally think there's too many restrictions placed on police forces due to the "won't anyone think of X" mentality of some vocal minorities. My personal favourites on the WTF scale is high-speed chases: there is a push around here to mandate that if a police chase goes above X kph, the police have to back off. WTF? So the lesson to the criminals here is: drive like a bloody maniac, the police will have to let you go? How about, catch them, do them for whatever crimes they did in the first place, then tack on punitive damages/penalties for trying to evade pursuit - and make sure the pursuit vehicle have camera to record this so that a lawyer can't try to dismiss the "evade capture" charges.

    OK, OK, end of rant. My point still is that the cop should not be immediately lambasted for what he did. The mother, on the other hand...

  78. Anonymous Coward

    She DID assault the officer.

    The Officer did have the permission of the responsible adult to tazer the kid- so they'll not be able to sue.

    She was 10- and I knew right from wrong at 10. And a second's blast with a tazer wouldn't have been that bad. I've never been tazered, but I have had kilovolt shocks and I've been on the end of a good few mains-voltage shocks so I'm pretty familiar with the basic feeling of an electric shock.

    I'd rather have a short tazer shock than be held in a stranglehold until I calmed down- I'd be struggling until I passed out with the strangehold.

    I'd also rather a tazer than a billy club to any part of my body or having a gun drawn on me.

    I think an airhorn would have been a decent shock as well- but then there's the risk of ear damage.

    Meh, from what I've heard I'd not hang the guy based on the evidence. Though he should have had his camera on.

  79. Dale Morgan

    dont want to be treated like an animal?

    The dont act like one, i bet this kid will think twice before throwing another tantrum

  80. EvilGav 1

    @ Goat Jam & @Craig28

    @Goat Jam

    You, sir, are a retard. My single mother raised me and my brother from the age of 3 alone and the police never once visited our house, nor was she driven to overt corporal punishment (I think I can count on one hand the number of times it came to that) and yet, here I am, with a reasonably paid job, no criminal record and so on.

    Idiotic fucking comments about single parents are not welcome.

    @ Craig 28

    Yes, it's true, there was lots of violence in the 50's, 60's and so on. The important difference was, it was targeted violence.

    In the 50's, the teddy boys faught other teddy boys; in the 60's the mods faught the rockers; cant think who was fighting each other in the 70's; in the 80's it moved on to fights between rival football supporters.

    Today, the violence is targeted at anyone and everyone, simply not being part of the culture is no safety feature for the majority.

    So, I suggest you, perhaps, should look at the facts.

  81. Andy 4
    Big Brother

    YAY! \o/

    Excellent, the world needs more of this. Little shits should be slapped and tazed into a wobbling submission.

    Animals, the lot of them.

  82. Brian 53

    She didn't have a gun

    I find it hard to believe that a 10 year old (boy or girl) would need to be even briefly tasered unless they had a loaded gun and presented an immediate danger to someone. The US cops seem to have a love of all things taser and seem completely oblivious to the fact that they are perceived to be nothing more than overgrown morons incapable of independent thought. Unable to actually think for themselves, they go ahead and taser the person to buy some time.

  83. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In context

    Consider a couple of things: This is Ozark, Arkansas. This is where things like Dogpatch, USA and Deliverance take place. These people struggle to operate a DVD player. God knows why their police department is given toys they don't know what to do with.

    Second, Arkansas is one of those "red" states. In the US, policits, culture, etc. has gotten so binary that every thing that a rational, secular, enlightened member of normal Western society is immediately condemned by the reactionary, anti-intellectual, rage-filled followers of the ultra-right. These people oppose all science that doesn't directly involve the military or consumer products sectors. Universities to them are football teams, which have enought "learnin'" to qualify to join the NCAA -- so the football team can go on TV. The biggest threat they see (aside from "Libruls" who treaten to let them have affordable health care) is "Immigration." The illegal immigrant is seen as the key reason they are miserable and have no jobs. They bray incessantly about this treat. Except when they illegally hire them to watch their kids, pick their crops and do all other sorts of menial tasks that they can't coax their obease bodies and addled minds to do.

    Frankly, I surprised that the mother didn't simply get a group of the neighbors together to burn the child at the stake.

  84. Juan Inamillion

    Have you ever seen...

    ... some of the kids out there?

    Here's Mummy's little soldier:

    Ok they're boys but the principle's the same... Probably.

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