The FBI has taken over the case in which an Arkansas police officer, with a mother’s permission, used a Taser gun to subdue a 10-year-old girl, Ozark Mayor Vernon McDaniel told RadarOnline.com exclusively Tuesday.
“The FBI has taken over the case in regards to the Tasering of the girl,” McDaniel told RadarOnline.com exclusively Tuesday. “At a future date, the Taser policy will be reviewed.”
According to documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, the Ozark Police Department’s official Taser policy does not mention any rules regarding the Tasering of children, although it does say: “Pregnant women will not be tased not because it will harm the woman or unborn child but because of secondary damage caused by the fall.”
According to the police report released by the Ozark Police Department to RadarOnline.com, the officer, Dustin Bradshaw, was summoned to the girl’s home on November 11, after her mother couldn’t persuade her to bathe.
The child was “screaming, kicking, and resisting every time her mother tried to touch her,” and the officer’s efforts were met with a similar “violently kicking and verbally combative” reaction from the child, according to the report.
“Her mother told me to Tase her if I needed to,” according to Bradshaw in the report, who said he gave the 10-year-old “a very brief drive stun to her back.”
Bradshaw was suspended by the police department for seven days with pay last Wednesday, because he did not have a camera on during the incident.
“The officer followed the Taser policy, but he did not follow the departmental policy,” McDaniel told RadarOnline.com.
The girl was not hurt in the indent and is currently staying at a youth shelter.