Picture the scene: you’re having a trying day. Your ten year old daughter is refusing to shower and you are running out of patience, so you do what any mother would do and you call the police. The officer attempts to subdue the child and take her into custody, but she kicks him in the crotch, so again you do the obvious thing and give him your consent to Tase her. Just your average parenting decision.
Dustin Bradshaw, a police officer in Arkansas has been suspended after delivering a “very brief drive stun” to the ten-year-old girl’s back, after finding her “violently kicking and very combative.” The girl’s father, who is divorced from her mother, objected, saying “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 a police officer. She doesn’t deserve to be treated like a dog.”
To add insult to injury, the girl will apparently be facing charges of disorderly conduct as a juvenile, but one has to wonder at a system that can turn a childhood temper tantrum into a criminal offense. Does a screaming toddler run the risk of arrest for disturbing the peace? Perhaps it is naive to expect parents to be able to control preteen children. After all, I suppose a Taser is a much quicker way to get the desired effect.
Local Mayor Vernon McDaniel has said, “People feel like he made a mistake in using a Taser, and maybe he did, but we will not know until we get an impartial investigation.” God forbid anyone should be able to express an autonomous opinion on Tasing children.