From the article:
‘The police spokesman says he believes the officer’s actions were justified, …’
– 12-year-old tased inside Victoria’s Secret (KSDK, July 27, 2012):
South St. Louis County (KSDK) – A police officer tased a 12-year-old girl inside a Victoria’s Secret Wednesday afternoon at South County Center.
Police say the officer came into the Victoria’s Secret looking for the teenager’s mom, who had warrants for her arrest. But it was the teen who got tased.
“This one goes in my chest. It was stuck in there so she had to keep on pulling trying to pull it out,” said Dejamon Baker, as she pointed to a small wound on her chest.
Baker has a matching wound on her stomach.
“I had fell on the floor and I couldn’t control myself I just kept on shaking and stuff,” said the girl.
Baker, her mother Charlene Bratton, and some other relatives were in the Victoria’s Secret.
Bratton had just tried on some shorts and was about to buy them when she says a St. Louis County officer came looking for her. Bratton had warrants, she says, for numerous unresolved traffic tickets.
“He said, put your hands behind your back. I said for what. Next thing you know he tackled me down on the ground,” said Bratton.
Baker said, “I was just crying. I guess he got mad because I was crying or something, then he just took it out and just tased me.”
A police spokesman says the officer stated the girl was physically getting involved and would not back away, but Dejamon and her mother deny that.
“He should have had enough control to tell her to get back instead of pulling out his gun, I guess he was nervous or whatever, and tasing people,” said Bratton.
The police spokesman says he believes the officer’s actions were justified, but he admits it’s a unique situation.
He suggests the mother report the incident to internal affairs to have in investigated.
The mother says that’s what she plans to do.