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Ozark Police Officer Suspended After Subduing Child With Taser

There are 94 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Nov 18, 2009, titled Ozark Police Officer Suspended After Subduing Child With Taser. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

An Ozark police officer has been suspended with pay after using a Taser on an unruly ten-year-old girl one week ago, and could face criminal charges.

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#1 Nov 18, 2009
I don't understand why the police were called? Maybe the parents need to go to parenting classes.
TJ Fackler

Pea Ridge, AR

#2 Nov 18, 2009
This is a clear violation of "Use Of Force". The officer should have used no more then soft (open hand) tactics, and hand-cuffs to control the child. The mother needs a scolding and parenting classes if she needs to call the police to put her child to bed.

Ozark, AR

#3 Nov 18, 2009
I totally agree with you, since when is it okay to call the police to handle your children when they will not go to bed... And what kinda parent says its okay to taser their 10 year old child!

Ozark, AR

#4 Nov 18, 2009
What kind of idiot police officer decides to use a taser on a child? Also, why would the police respond to a call involving domestic child behavior problems. Obviously the parents and the officer need to be brought up on charges for child endangerment for using a taser on a child. Makes me wonder just what this world has come to when parents call the police on their 10 year old and then the police use such extreme measures just to control a child.
Angry and Disgusted

Ozark, AR

#5 Nov 18, 2009
I agree with what Disgusted said. What kind of police officer uses a taser on a child? What kind of parent agrees to allow that to happen? Officers in the Ozark police office have been fired for less than that, and this officer gets suspended for 7 days with pay? How is that fair? Will DHS be called in to investigate this incident or will it be covered up like all the other stuff that goes on in this office? It is obviously child abuse on the part of the officer and the parent involved for allowing this to happen and something needs to be done about it. I do not trust this police department and I don't think I ever will. Too many bad things have come out of this department in the past ten years or so. Some of the stuff that has happened there has not been reported on the news, only in the local paper, and sometimes if that. What has this world come to when you can't even trust the officials in charge of protecting the community?

Greenwood, AR

#6 Nov 18, 2009
Maybe if the parents disciplined the child properly this wouldn't have happened in the first place.That's the problem today parents let kids get away with far too much.

Fort Smith, AR

#7 Nov 19, 2009
If you will recall, the cop tasered her because she kicked him in the groin. Not the testicles. His groin is the place where his testicles used to be. Only the truly nuttless would taser a ten year old girl. He should be allowed back to work following an unpaid suspension,(so he will remember next time) then return to the force to live out his years in shame. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come in regards to children of this age? Born addicted to meth? I hope not. That may explain her behavior though.

Columbus, OH

#8 Nov 19, 2009
I believe the officer should lose his job and be jailed for child abuse.

Clarksville, AR

#9 Nov 19, 2009
A ten year old kid can kill you just as easy as an 84 year old. Weapons are abundant in every home. The police were called to the home because of domestic dispute. The parents are divorced. If the officer had thrown the kid to the ground with a knee in the back you uninformed people would by crying about that too. If the parent had whipped the kids behind like suppose to happen (and may have), then DHS would be involeved and you would be calling for the moms head on a platter. Sorry world when uninformed people get to vote.

Ozark, AR

#10 Nov 19, 2009
Back off on calling the officer an idiot. You don't have all the facts. As a fellow public servant, I see too many persons embracing the media version of events without ever once considering that quite possibly, law enforcement officers have taken ever means of peaceful resolution before using force.
Parent of a 9 Year Old

El Segundo, CA

#11 Nov 19, 2009
Parents don't discipline their children properly, create total monsters who think that can treat people with total disrespect and in an uncontrollable manner, and then that officer is disciplined for stepping in and trying to do his job at the request of her mother? I say stop whatever is going on in your life and pay enough attention to the child you brought into this world and teach them to behave so the police don't have to step in and try to control them for you.

Fort Smith, AR

#12 Nov 19, 2009
Rick wrote:
Back off on calling the officer an idiot. You don't have all the facts. As a fellow public servant, I see too many persons embracing the media version of events without ever once considering that quite possibly, law enforcement officers have taken ever means of peaceful resolution before using force.
This is the very reason an "independent" investigation by other cops will never get at the truth and result in charges against this abusive Ozark cop. Cops have developed such an adversarial attitude toward the general public that we may need to fire them all and just start over.
Not Supprised

Ozark, AR

#13 Nov 19, 2009
I'm from Ozark and this is not supprising . Ozark has a Gastopo type police force run by a power hungry Mayor . The city police force of Ozark is not here to protect and serve the citizens of Ozark but to harrass and intimidate the citizens .I would'nt be supprised that the Mayor told the police officer to taze the child, I'm just supprised he didn't shoot the child. As a parent I believe that all (the parent and the Officer and anyone involved with the decision to taze ) should be brought up on charges of child abbuse , child endangerment or something worse.

New York, NY

#14 Nov 19, 2009
The kid kicked a cop. Wither its in the groin, balls, shine or whatever. Its called Assaulting an officer. That's a crime in itself. Doesn't matter the kid was 10. The mother of the child gave permission to use the taser the guy was doing his job. Growing up i was taught the following things: Listen to the parents or accept the punishment, respect law enforcement cause they might someday save your skin. I was lucky to have PARENTS meaning people who discilipine me when i needed it and not people who want to be my "friend" and in the long run unattentional spoiling me. When did it become the norm for adults having to worry about taming unruly kids for fear of "child abuse" and "being to harsh" Bear in mid there are people out there who are abusive to kids and are harsh yes. I'm referring to the non a**holes who still have to worry about such titles. Or i could be wrong......
oh please

Hurricane, WV

#15 Nov 19, 2009
I know this story and I'm from there. This is the same family that had the Franklin County Deputy/Jailer suspended for terroristic threatening two weeks ago matter of fact it is the wife of that Deputy.

Springdale, AR

#16 Nov 19, 2009
Our kids in this town are being picked on by young officers. I know several families that have been destroyed financially because of bizzare inncidents. It is a small town, where some teenagers can sit in town and some can not. It dependends on who you are and it needs to be investigated as well. Several kids cannot go into town without being chased or pulled over. Concerned citizen, a parent of a child that doesn't go anywhere.
big daddy g

South Milwaukee, WI

#17 Nov 19, 2009
remember when the little girl was left in the car all day? There is a problem in Ozark with what is right and it doesnt mean punishing children while adults abuse and get away with it. if you idiots think it will not hurt go let them taser you and imagine how bad it was on a little girl, obviously the police dept in Ozark gets no respect and it is no wonder, more will happen again if people connected to the dept keep getting away with the crap they do
big daddy g

South Milwaukee, WI

#19 Nov 19, 2009
i agree with cally it is a sorry world when uniformed people get to vote, just look at what w b ush and the republicans did to bring this country to its knees

Springdale, AR

#20 Nov 19, 2009
Mr. Bradshaw should be fired and not allowed to return to work under any circumstances. What is the definition of child abuse? A grown man using a taser on a minor child? What would Mr. Bradshaw do if someone used a taser on his child? Or if perhaps the State Police officer had a daughter ten years old? The situation would immediately change. I think Mr. Bradshaw would stop and either get help, or get expert advice before continuing to use a taser. What if it were the President's daughter, would Mr. Bradshaw use a taser?

Imagine all the circumstances that led to this? And what was the mother of this child thinking? Of course now we know she works part-time for the sheriff's department. Isn't that interesting?

City Council do your job, this could have been your child, or mine. I smell a massive lawsuit in the works.

Look at all the negative attention Arkansas gets, maybe we deserve it? Everyone get your common sense out of your back pocket and use it.
Dave Whiteis

Fort Smith, AR

#21 Nov 19, 2009
While I don't like the thought of a child or anyone being tazered, anyone that kicks an officer in the groin, will not respond to the officer, or a parent, is in danger of doing themselves or others injury, and in danger of a physical response. Had the officer (whom I do not know) used a night stick, grabbed her, or any other appropriate response, we would be hearing about that also.

I have seen the level of physicality being used by many children at other children and adults. Their behavior is NOT childs play. Kid's play very, very rough these days and often with very dangerous weapons. A child that would intentionally kick a police officer in the groin is no child.

Based on the KFSM report, and the comments of the mayor of Ozark who states that department policies were followed, I support the officer.

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