Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Today's TASER Travesty

Ozark, Alabama Police Officer Dustin Bradshaw apparently saw fit to TASER a ten-year-old girl, pretty much solely because the child refused to take a shower before bed:

"'Her mother told me to tase her if I needed to,' Bradshaw wrote."

Well, then everything's just dandy then. Tell us, Officer Bradshaw - would you have smacked the girl upside the head with your baton or worse had the "mother" asked you to do that instead of shocking her daughter senseless? Come on now, sir, you're supposed to be a voice of reason when responding to these types of domestic disturbances, and not end up becoming a participant in some sort of Redneck Games.

"The child was 'violently kicking and verbally combative' when Bradshaw tried to take her into custody"

For what? Felony tantrum-throwing and misdemeanor dirtiness?

It's bad enough that TASERs are regularly used as pain-delivery devices to force citizens to comply with police orders (whether lawful or not), instead of their designed function as less-than lethal self-defense tools for the protection of cops and other innocent people. For a cop to end up doing the exact same thing to a very young child is simply unconscionable.

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