I usually tend to side with law enforcement on Taser use. Typically you have the cases of belligerent, drunk or otherwise unruly individuals resisting arrest or failing to obey the simple orders of a police officer. Then they get tased and wonder why. Don’t Tase me, Bro!
But this story out of Warren, Michigan leaves me puzzled.
Apparently, 911 was called when someone saw a huge cat, bearing resemblance to a 150-pound cougar in Bates Park. I suppose that report would cause some concern.
Local police dispatched 10 officers to the scene of the prowling cougar and the animal’s silhouette was spotted hiding in a cement drain pipe.
A Taser was deployed and the animal was zapped. It was then they realized it was only a toy stuffed animal.
Roar I Say!
The Police Commissioner said investigators now believe the incident was a prank that cost the police department about $1,000 in wasted police hours from responding to the scene and filling out associated paperwork.
Ashton Kutcher was not reported on the scene, so it probably wasn’t an episode of PUNK’D.
But now the citizens of Warren can rest assured that there is one less stuffed animal on the loose.
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