Do not tase that baby girl, bro
Have you heard about the 12-year-old girl from Missouri who was tasered by a police officer in her local Victoria’s Secret last week? Now, this is not the precursor to a really bad joke. This is something that actually happened in St. Louis.
Dejamon Baker, 12, was shopping with her mom, Charlene Bratton, and one other female, when an officer approached Bratton to arrest her on a warrant for several unpaid traffic tickets. Apparently, it was at that point that Baker and the other female charged at the officer, thus ultimately resulting in Baker getting tasered.
Now the pre-teen has a wound on her chest and another on her stomach because of the incident.
First of all, if you arrest a parent in front of their child by surprise (because obviously they didn’t expect to get arrested at Victoria’s Secret), chances are, that child is going to get a little upset. Most children I know will most likely try to charge the officer with fists pumping and maybe even a little screaming and crying, too. I know mom hasn’t been a spokesperson for being a responsible parent, but that is not something that we need to handle directly in front of the child.
In my opinion, the officer should have first called another officer to the scene since there was at least one other child involved. Then, that officer should have taken the child aside to calm her and control her during the arrest. There were much better ways to handle this, despite what the police chief says.
I’m not a sue-happy person, by any means, but I can smell a lawyer getting involved and maybe a lawsuit coming.