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Arkansas police officer uses Taser on 10-year-old girl

By Oliver VanDervoort     Nov 18, 2009 in Crime
Called to a home to help control an "unruly child," an an Ozark, Arkansas police officer was given permission by the girl's mother to use a Taser to subdue the child.
According to 40/29 News the girl's father is outraged that the police would use a Taser on such a young child.
"I would like to say Ozark police Tased this little girl right here," the girl's father, Anthony Medlock, told 40/29 News. "Ten years old and [they] shot electricity through her body, and I want to know how the heck in God's green earth can they get away with this."
According to the police report, the officer said when he arrived at the home he witnessed the girl kicking and screaming, and the girl's mother asked for help. The officer says the mother gave him permission to use a Taser if needed.
According to the officer, he did eventually use a Taser on the child after the she kicked him in the groin and made other threatening gestures.
Ozark police Chief Jim Noggle is backing up his officer, saying he had no choice in the matter and that it was the only way to get the child under control
Noggle said the officer shocked the child for about one second and no permanent damage was done to the girl.
Ozark police said it is their policy to use a Taser on someone who is a threat to others, no matter their age.
The father asked why she wasn't simply handcuffed and carried out to the police car. Noggle says that might have actually hurt the child worse had she struggled while restrained, and after she was cuffed.
The child's father says this isn't the first time the mother has called police on their daughter, and he is now planning on suing for custody.
"She just wants somebody to love her, and I do," he said.
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