FBI probe use of stun gun on girl
By: Associated Press - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 11/21/2009
LITTLE ROCK—FBI agents are investigating why a police officer in a small Arkansas town used a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl who refused to take a shower, city officials said Friday.
Ozark Mayor Vernon McDaniel told The Associated Press that FBI agents arrived Thursday night in his western Arkansas town. McDaniel said officials in the city of 3,500 would cooperate fully with investigators.
“I and the police chief welcome the FBI taking control of the investigation,” McDaniel said. “Whatever they ask for, we will provide it.”
Town officials said it was unclear whether the FBI stepped in of its own accord or whether the Justice Department asked it to do so. The FBI is the lead agency on claims of federal civil rights abuses.
A spokeswoman at the FBI’s Little Rock field office did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.
Bradshaw’s report said he went to the Ozark home Nov. 11 after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance. When he arrived, the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming.
The child screamed, kicked and resisted whenever her mother tried to get her in the shower before bed, the report said. The girl’s mother “told me to tase her if I needed to,” Bradshow wrote.
Bradshaw said he gave the girl “a very brief drive stun to her back” after she kicked him in the groin.
The names of the girl and her mother were edited from the report. McDaniel said the girl is now at the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter in Cecil.