The old saying is true: "Don't get in the middle of things that aren't your business"! Sad for the deceased kid and family, but it sounds like the whole thing is justified from the cop's standpoint.
I agree. best tool on an officers belt! Believe it or not folks, cops don't want to kill others, they just want to do the job, most don't want to!
My 2 concerns with Taser use. In articles I've read the spokesperson for departments always say to the effect,"Almost all of these officers report the access to the Taser avoided the use of deadly force." I know legally that's a nudge and a wink thing for forms sake but, I think it was Miami that reported Taser use 95 times in 2007. Do you honestly expect me to believe the police otherwise would have killed nearly 100 of its citizens in a year and you are are hearing about it from me? Another do you honestly expect me to believe type thought. Does anybody think for a minute that you can short circuit somebodies brain causing temporary paralysis and obviously in some people heart attacks, there's no posibility of long term effects much less the immediate problems? It is more nearly probable. Remember you read it here: Before that technology is replaced it will be linked to problems later in the Tasees life-early onset brain debilitation,seizure disorders and/or there will be a whole lot of people dying when some popular new drug(legal or otherwise)or medical device doesn't like being mixed with Tasers. Taser is probably one of the best tools made available to law enforcement in a long time but it had better be taken seriously by everybody.
Yes, what a great invention. From first police use in 2001 to Jan 2008, police only killed 290 people using tasers. During the same time period, 383 were executed (but only after trial, conviction, and appeals). That's just super. Why even have a trial, right to counsel, or Miranda rights? Hell, tasers seems to be be about 75% as effective as executions. And, with taser executions, you don't have to commit a capital offense. In fact, you don't even have to commit any offense--just be accused of it and let the cop be the judge.You're right, Barry. Due process is overrated. Just don't taze me, bro.
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11:40, you have entirely too much time on your hands! I've been tased, with know lasting effects. In fact, once the shocking stopped, there were know residual effects at all. granted, it sucked, don't want it again. I suggest simply complying with the officer.
I am a police officer, formerly from Wise county (NOT RHOME). My current department issues tasers. To carry a taser you have to be tased, and let me tell ya, it hurts like a mutha!!! Feels like someone is ripping your spine out. For example, a person threatening you with a knife, justified in using deadly force. BUT a taser used instead.....love the taser and alot less paperwork.
I thought the "Punch" pepper spray in 1995 saved uniforms, a tazer would have been great for the "Green" family reunions.
Since we are dfiscussing items of dubious legality I have Sheriff Joes cost to his county in lawsuits at 13 million(this is payouts not legal costs)If you are a fan of his you are also a moron.
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