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.


About gespurr

Emily was born in Southwestern Louisiana and has moved over 20 times in her life through nine different states. Most of her life was spent in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where she met her husband and had her only child. Both she and her husband are also only children. She graduated from Stillwater (MN) High School in 1992 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a BS in Journalism. Three years later, she met her husband, George, and they married in 2002. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born early in 2004. She relocated with her family back to Arkansas in 2005 after being away for 30 years. She currently works as a customer service representative for an insurance company and lives in North Little Rock. When not taking care of her daughter she is either cooking, working, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting hiking, traveling or spending time with her husband.

Posted on August 3, 2012, in Current Events. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for this – you are so right. The enforcement reaction was out of proportion for the crime of unpaid tickets. Was the “other female” a kid or adult? If adult, that person could have used better judgment too.

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