Parents Of Girl Tasered By Police Have Different Views On Officer's Actions

The parents of a 10-year-old Ozark, Arizona girl who was tasered by police are speaking out.

The incident happened when the mother called police after the girl threw a tantrum and wouldn't listen.

The officer apparently came to her home and tasered the girl after she kicked him in the groin.

The parents have differing views of the officer's actions and whether he should be punished.

The mother, Kelly King, defends the officer's actions and says her daughter has been diagnosed with having a "mood disorder."

"I want to make this clear I'm not calling them over here to handle my problem," King said. "I'm having them come over here to protect my daughter from hurting herself or hurting someone else."

The officer in question has been suspended for seven days with pay. The mayor says the officer acted within department policy when he used his taser, but that the officer neglected to turn on a video recording system that is part of the taser.

The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, says he is angry the officer's camera wasn't activated and doesn't believe the taser should have been used.

"Somebody needs to pay," Medlock said. "Seven days suspended with pay, that ain't nothing. That's not even a slap on the wrist."

The mayor is asking the state police to investigate. The 10-year-old girl remains at a juvenile detention center.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:51 PM
    Yes, there is a tremendous difference between a spanking and slapping someone in the face. Oh Bubba, please... 40s, 50s. 60s? So, I guess the friend I have whose body does not produce any Serotonin is just imagining there is a problem. I guess all those bipolar people should just get over it and fly right. And people with Attention Deficit Disorder really can ignore distracting noises that make it impossible to concentrate when reading or trying to listen to important information. They're just pretending they can't focus because it's fun. Right. It's clear that you have all your ducks in a row though. We're all glad life is so easy for you.
  • by To "To Bubba" Location: wherever ur from on Nov 21, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    well then I guess the parents need to put the poor kid on meds instead of calling the police, and treat her like the poor lil victim that she obviously is. U gotta hava hell of a disorder, or be on some serious drugs to think ur not gonna get a rude awakening if u assault a police officer!
  • by To: Bubba Location: Whatever planet he's from on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    You didn't say bottom - you said face. So, let me get this right, to teach them not to hit or act up, you hit them? So you teach them when they have a problem, they should react, not with their mind, but with their hand to hit. Brilliant. So really you don't want to teach them, you just want them to fear you enough not to do it in front of you. You know, I was just thinking about how very different you and I are, but then it occurred to me, we DO have something in common! My shoe size is the same as your IQ! Mood disorders are a very real medical condition; Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
  • by Bubba on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Ok...so the mood disorders existed back in the 40's 50's and 60's when parents would beat their kid if the kid acted like this. Get real people...mood disorders...A-D-D and the like were all created by doctors and medical companies to generate MONEY!!! Again I say, beat her botom and she will straighten up.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:22 PM
    Yes Bubba, we should all advocate beating children with medical disorders. That makes a lot of sense. (Mood disorder is not joke terminology - do some reading on it.)
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    I think it funny that the mother claims that she didnt call them over there to "handle her problem". Thats exactly what she did! Ive had calls where parents have wanted me to handle their out of control 8 yo before! They dont want them to be protected from themselves. They want the fear of god put in them so they will behave! If she was concerned about the child being a danger to herself, then she should have had her involuntarily committed. I think the parents have $ signs in their eyes. Just sayin...
  • by Jomama Location: Greenville on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    If you do not want the police to use "all" means at their disposal to help you. Do not call for the help. The parent should be looked into for fitness if she cannot control her 10 year old.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    So can I only type that this is a disgrace nad should have never happened modman?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    Cactus, I have to agree. Here it is, I am a police officer, get a call to help calm an unrully child, I get confronted with the child and kicked in the groin. OK, that really hurt, taser on stunn to protect myself. Now, that is a tool all parents should have. I can assure you will stay inline after only a couple of zaps. Something like this was used to keep my dog in my yard for years. She went over that electric fence only twice. One zap to get over and one to get back. Wow, what a great teacher tool as well. You need to break up a fight, zizzzzzzzz, fight over.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    I have done some research on this. If she has been diagnosed by a physician with Bipolar/Manic-Depressive Disorder, there are treatments, including psychotherapy. In conjunction with medication, it works to retrain the subjects' perception/response to stressful situations. This condition is a real psychological dysfunction, with periods of normal function of the subject. The 10-yr. old in question should be on a schedule of treatment. Holding down the subject until calm, may work for the time being, but may not work in the older subject. The Mother needs some help for her daughter from the medical community, but it will be up to her to provide/follow the recommendations. I'm sure it is difficult for the whole family. As for the tasering, I really don't think it was a good method of treatment. What do I think the Mother should do? Have a plan in place for the next episode, be it making sure she gets her meds., helping her cope with stress, in extreme cases, may have to rely on ER.
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