One disturbing trend that goes mostly un-talked about is the way police have been empowered to such an extent that they see themselves as above the law. Exhibits A-ZZZZ can be seen on William Grigg’s blog Pro Libertate. The latest glaring example of police malfeasons comes from Arkansas, where a cop tazed a 10 year-old girl for throwing a tantrum after her mother called the police on her:
OZARK, Ark. — Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle says one of his officers used a Taser on a 10-year-old girl who was combative when the officer tried to get the girl into a patrol car to be taken to a youth shelter.
Noggle said Tuesday that officer Dustin Bradshaw went to the girl’s home after her mother called police woman called police.
According to a report filed by Bradshaw on Thursday, the officer found the girl on the floor of the house screaming and crying. She refused to follow her mother’s instructions and the mother told Bradshaw to use his Taser.
Bradshaw carried the girl to the living room and told her she was going to jail, according to the report. The girl was violently kicking, the report said, and struck Bradshaw in the groin with her legs and feet. The report said Bradshaw administered a “very, very brief” stun with the Taser, put the girl in handcuffs and carried her to his patrol car. She was taken to the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter in Cecil.
Ask yourself why the crap a police officer is even intervening in a dispute such as this. And, it’s clear that the reason the cop tazed the young girl was because she had kicked him. He tazed her purely out of anger. And he’s allowed to do this because the state has blessed him with the un-checked right to carry a weapon. And when we are in his presence, we are supposed to forfit our own weapons to him. Think about that for a moment. What happens when you give one group of people complete physical dominance over another group? That’s called slavery.
Mr. Grigg points out further details about this story on his post at Lew Rockwell about it:
Officer Dustin Bradshaw of the Ozark, Arkansas Police Department “had no choice” but to shoot a 10-year-old girl with a Taser and then arrest her, insisted Chief Jim Noggle.
The girl’s parents are currently separated. When the emotionally troubled child had a tantrum, the mother, Kelly Hamlert, called the police. Bradshaw’s official report claims that Hamlert told him to electro-torture the child if he “needed” to.
Some might recall that, just a few years ago, a Florida man named Douglas Dycus was charged with felony child abuse and domestic battery when he used a home-made electric stun gun to deal with a misbehaving 14-year-old boy. One would think that a similar criminal charge would be filed against someone who electro-tortured a 10-year-old girl, albeit by proxy.
One would think so. And one would be wrong — because when the state’s armed enforcers subject a small child to such torture, that’s not “child abuse,” but rather a law enforcement decision.
Savor, if you find its flavor palatable, this official admission that the fully-grown, armed “men” employed as Ozark’s “Finest” can be threatened by 10-year-old girls.
“If you can’t pick the kid up and take her to your car, handcuff her, then I don’t think you need to be an officer,” commented Anthony Medlock, the girl’s father. That assumes, of course, that arresting and handcuffing a 10-year-old girl is an appropriate reaction to a temper tantrum. Medlock doesn’t think this is the case, complaining that Bradshaw treated his child “like a dog.”
Officer Bradshaw of Ozark, Arkansas handled this problem with the same professional restraint displayed by Officer Joey Williams of the Hot Springs, Arkansas P.D.; Williams was caught on video strangling a 12-year-old girl during an ant-skateboarding crackdown.
The days when policemen were helpful friends to the community is over. Ask yourself, when was the last time a policemen actually helped you with a problem? I can’t remember one. But, I can remember plenty of times I’ve been harassed with speeding tickets for going 10 mph over the limit, or told to get the ____ out of the way when a cop needed to get by me in a crowd. The police have been granted so much power by the state that they have become a problem in and of themselves instead of a solution to a problem.
I remember when my house got robbed about 10 years ago. The policeman basically said there was nothing they could do from the get go to get any of my stuff back or track down the people who did it. He basically just wasted my time for an hour filling out a report that would get stuffed in a file cabinet and never looked at again. It’s about time we looked at just what benefit all this police power is giving us. Or is it all just creating a new, bigger problem than the crime it is supposed to be fixing. I think that’s the case.
Check out this video and ask yourself exactly what gives this cop the right to body slam a teenager and choke a teenage girl for skateboarding on the sidewalk:
It doesn’t matter if you think that skateboarding on the sidewalk is a nuisance. If you think that somehow these kids “deserved” this treatment then what you are, in effect, saying is that it’s ok for brutal force to be employed by the state to stop behaviour that you don’t like. Well, guess what. Maybe somebody doesn’t like some of your behaviour. Are you ready to submit to a body slam, choking and tazing?