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Oregon Trooper Investigated for TASERing Naked Girl

June 26, 2013  | 

The Oregon State Police have launched an investigation into an incident Sunday when a female trooper used a TASER on a naked, 11-year-old girl to stop her from crossing Interstate 5.

Motorists spotted the girl, later identified as husky and suffereing from autism, attempting to cross the highway at 4 a.m. Sunday. When the trooper arrived, he was "worried about hallucinogenic impairment," an agency spokesman told the Oregonian.

After two warnings, the trooper took the girl down with a TASER. The child's father said the use of force was excessive.

The girl's behavior and physical development led medical staff and the trooper to think she was in her late teens to early 20s, according to an agency statement.

Tags: TASER, Less-Lethal Force, Oregon State Police


Comments (16)

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Officerjason @ 6/26/2013 6:10 PM

Yet if he just grabbed her he would have been accused of fondling her.

Dan Davison @ 6/27/2013 5:07 PM

The article didn't explain why or how the parents allowed an 11 year old autistic and/or retarded girl to wonder around naked along a freeway. As to alternatives to the Taser, the girl was developed and large/"husky" to the point that hospital personnel at first thought the girl was late teens or early twenties. The responding officer was a female; do we really think she should be brawling along traffic lanes, with a subject potentially on drugs? The Taser was the best alternative and may have saved the girl's life and lives of car occupants if she'd proceeded into traffic and been hit. The parents ought to be thanking the OSP, not complaining.

notmeofficer @ 6/27/2013 8:18 PM

and today.. this 11 year old is alive... abet her parents... where were they while she was wandering around naked....

Sometimes the use of force saves a life ... If I identified a naked person who wasnt complying I would think drug impairment or crazy... I wouldn't be thinking autistic no matter how much the do gooders want me to...

We act upon the best info we have taken from the experiences of the greatest number of people and from that we distill workable policy

pd @ 6/27/2013 8:25 PM

After careful consideration and review of this use of force, it would have been significantly better if this officer tasered the father instead.

Bob@Az. @ 6/27/2013 8:44 PM

All of the above are right on. Where in the hell were these alledged "parents" during all this? How long was this girl out and about prior to the Officers arrival? OSP should be investagating the sperm donors and not this Officer, who acted in the best interest of the young girl. Blues, Stay Safe.

DaveSam5525G @ 6/27/2013 11:00 PM

Based on the extended article it appears the 11 year old removed a screw from the window and left naked...into the night along the freeway and the fact you don't know who else may be driving along at the time in the morning...Naked also as they say may indicate (ED) and the officer would not have know this-who doesn’t respond verbally per dad...I think the officer did what she was forced to do bring her under control...And she could have been hurt worse or killed. I imagine at 4AM the parents may have been asleep. I would say the trooper saved her life! Be thankful!

plato's playdough @ 6/28/2013 3:42 AM

The father's allegation is obviously unjustified, and therefore suspicious. I wonder what appropriate charges apply for failure to provide proper care for a minor in his care. Wonder why this 11yr old sleeps naked? She should be checked for physical abuse. Perhaps she should be removed from his home, pending investigation. Remember, she can't talk, but she apparently needed to escape and in desperation, used a screwdriver to do so (although I don't see a link to that extended article suggesting such.)

jordan @ 6/28/2013 6:22 AM

the father should be getting a call from DHS. It is called watch your daughter.

Richard Jellicoe @ 6/28/2013 7:05 AM

I think the post indicated the State Trooper was female. So it would have been a bit less likely that she would have been accused of Fondling the 11 year old naked girl along the traffic lanes on the interstate, but possible. So I don't know if knocking her to the ground along the interstate would have proved a better choice to stop her from crossing the interstate. Might not want to shoot her, We don't know how close she was to the travel lanes so I would have tasered her as well. While the parents can not keep watch over her 24 hours a day, if she had shown a tendency to flee in the night perhaps more then just a screw should have been used to keep her in her room. So yeah, maybe the parents should be tasered, but I think the fathers reaction while incorrect would be expected. The parents need to be investigated if they are capable of keeping their child in the house. But chaining her to her bed would not be a better option. Some things are just out of the control of people and stuff happens. The girl is alive, which is all the matters.

Bob @ VA @ 6/28/2013 7:49 AM

Sounds like the officer saved the girl's life. Sounds like the family is looking for a payday.

Safety&Equality @ 6/28/2013 9:45 AM

Just to clarify for the writer of this article and its respondents - Autism is not mental retardation, and those born with this disability to do "suffer" from it. I would hate to think what the AFB or NFB would say if the author of this story indicated that an individual "suffered" from blindness. The story in itself confirms that children with autism are more "blissfully unaware." It is very common for children with this disability to disregard clothing, to mature at abnormal rates, and to leave homes that have even the most rigorous safety mechanisms. I'm happy to hear this female officer was the one to respond, and at this time of night with the current risks out there of individuals on synthetic drugs, she responded as best she could. The parents should indeed be grateful for the safety of their child. That being said, I'm frightened by the ignorance of the other officers on this thread who may have responded more harshly to the situation and are even casting blame on the parents or indicating the child be removed by CPS, etc. Please remember, this will be our new generation. Children born with autism were 1/150 only years ago; this number has now increased to about 1/75. These cases will become far more prevalent.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/28/2013 11:15 AM

I feel the police officer acted right and the parents of the child should be thankful to the officer. The person in this story who needs medical attention is the father.

Trigger @ 6/28/2013 12:53 PM

Nothing that a $10 million law suit can't cure.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/30/2013 6:26 PM

Common sense is dead.

Jim @ 6/30/2013 7:54 PM

So, the armchair quarterbacks think this Trooper should have taken more time to assess the situation, grabbed the naked girl with his/her bare hands, or let her walk into traffic? This whole accusation is ridiculous. As it was, SHE LIVED!! There would be no marks on her at all a couple days after a taser application. Pepper spray might have not incapacitated her enough to keep her from walking into traffic. Did you think the Trooper should have just written the girl a note that said, "Stop - don't walk into traffic!"

Parents, you should be ashamed. YOU endangered the child. The Trooper saved her life. YOU should be the one that is sued.

Liberalism is killing us. Logic obviously has no place in our courts, in the newspapers, radio, or internet. This trooper did a fantastic job and should be getting a commendation.

TC @ 7/10/2013 12:44 AM

Reading this forum here, you have to question the intelligence of some of the people allowed to post. Blame the parents, blame the trooper....blame blame blame. Why can't you just learn from the situation so you can apply the lesson later if presented. Just because they give you a gun doesn't mean you should use it.

Safety&Equality, thanks for the info. This will be added to my notes.

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