TASER again

This time, the cop TASERed a 10 year old for misbehaving. Not any sort of criminal act, just because her mother didn’t feel like she could control her.

Bradshaw’s report says the girl was “violently kicking and verbally combative” when Bradshaw tried to take her into custody, and she kicked him in the groin. He said he delivered “a very brief drive stun to her back”.

“Her mother told me to tase her if I needed to,” Bradshaw wrote.

So the cop is suspended because he didn’t have his camera attached to the TASER.  Not because he did it, just that he didn’t have the recording.  (Of course, when those “rules” went out, I was pretty sure that they would “forget” to attach it on instances like this anyways.)

What I want to know is why he is not being charged with child abuse.  If the mother had TASERED her own daughter for refusing to take a shower, would there be any question that this is child abuse — hell, torture?  The police do not have the right to do anything that you and I cannot do.  We can do all the things that the police do, including arresting people (the old Citizen’s Arrest) — the only difference is that we aren’t protected by the law when we screw up and make a bad call.

So why is it that the girl is being charged with disorderly conduct (read: Contempt of Cop) rather than the officer being charged with felony assault on a child?

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