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Ark. officer fired for camera-less Taser

Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:51 PM   |   Comments

OZARK, Ark., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Arkansas police officer, who used a Taser on a 10-year-old girl after she kicked him in the groin, has been fired, officials said.

Officer Dustin Bradshaw's employment with the Ozark, Ark., Police Department was terminated for failure to have his camera placed on his Taser, the Fort Smith Times Record reported Tuesday.

Bradshaw used a stun gun on Nov. 12 on the daughter of Kelly King when the child screamed, kicked and resisted every time her mother tried to get her to behave, the newspaper reported.

Bradshaw said the mother gave him permission to use the Taser, if necessary. After the girl kicked him, he unsuccessfully attempted to handcuff her, and then used a brief stun to her back, the report said

Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle said Bradshaw had been ordered on Oct. 29 to place his camera on his stun gun.

"When talking to another employee, Officer Bradshaw stated that it is worth a 5-point deduction just so he would not have to carry the cameras. In the past, he had been told to wear and use his cameras by me on several occasions," Noggle said.

Noggle consulted with Ozark Mayor Vernon McDaniel regarding what disciplinary action should be taken against Bradshaw, but the mayor said it was Noggle's decision alone to terminate Bradshaw.

Noggle said he fired Bradshaw for the sake of the department's discipline.

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