When police found a confused and naked 11-year-old girl wandering a stretch of highway along the I-5 corridor in Oregon, they didn’t exactly offer her a ride home. Instead the responding officer determined the best course of action would be to Taser her.
This past Sunday morning, cab driver Adam Bednar was aghast when he came upon the adolescent walking down the highway seemingly confused. She was nude and threw Bednar a smile, indicating she wasn’t fully aware of where she was or what she was doing.
“I thought she was drugged. I thought she was on bath salts, too much meth, something,” said Bednar.
“Bednar says he drove alongside her while he called police,” KDRV.com reported. “He says the trooper who arrived called for her to stop, and when she didn’t respond threatened twice to taze her.”
According to the girl’s father, who has contacted Infowars.com, the girl was autistic and didn’t respond to officers due to her ailment. “After giving no response, two little red dots appeared on her back, then metal barbs,” KDRV wrote.
“She seized up, then she just fell face first on the ground,” Bednar described. “Just face first on the ground.”
Adding insult to injury, Oregon State Police officials initially defended the officer’s reaction saying Tasering the 11-year-old girl was necessary to prevent her from wandering further down the road “and putting herself in danger.”
But Bednar says that explanation doesn’t hold up. “She wasn’t going off the road, she was set on walking down the freeway,” Bednar told KDRV. “And I think that, had [the trooper] waited for back up, they could have gotten her without the Taser.”
The girl’s father also took issue with KDRV’s reportage, which frequently referred to the girl as a “young woman,” a “woman” and a “juvenile.” The report also neglected to give her age.
“They keep calling her a ‘woman’ …she is 11 years old. Since when is an 11-year-old kid with the mind of a 3-year-old a ‘woman’?” the girl’s father, who listens to Infowars, told us. “She is very gentle and non combative. If the police cannot apprehend a child who is cooperative without Tasing then what would be the alternative? Shooting her?”
Fortunately, police were gracious enough not to charge the girl or her family with a crime.
As we have detailed numerous times, Tasers are designed to be used only in emergency situations, as a last resort before lethal force; however, police frequently employ the sometimes deadly devices to force compliance.
KDRV’s account of the event also highlights the incestuous relationship between media and police. Instead of questioning authorities and pressing officers on why they would Tase an 11-year-old, the compliant reporters attempt to convince viewers they’re remaining objective and presenting all the facts.
As her father mentioned, the reporters also intentionally misled viewers over the girl’s age, referring to her as a “woman.”