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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