The following excerpts come from an article out of Dothan, Alabama’s DothanEagle.com. Apparently a guy was stopped for not wearing his seat belt, tried to run from the police officer, got zapped by a Taser, and ended up in the hospital. So of course all these bleeding heart whiners are up in arms.
So lets break down the incident. “…we find this episode troubling, regardless of whether the deputy acted within the scope of departmental policy.” Of course you do…
“The undeniable fact is that a young man who was apparently in good health when the deputy stopped him for a seatbelt violation is now in critical condition at a local hospital.” Ok, let’s get this straight. A Taser is a compliance weapon, classified as Less-Than-Lethal. Not non-lethal. You get legally zapped with a Taser for non-compliance from a police officer, or in self-defense by an average citizen with a C2 that you are trying to rob, injure or otherwise do bad things to. Stop Resisting Arrest. Stop Trying to Hurt Me. No? ZAP!
Illegal use of stun guns, Tasers or pepper spray is not under debate on this post. A criminal can rob 7-11 or a unsuspecting law-abiding citizen with a stun gun, Taser or pepper spray, just as easily as a knife, hand gun, baseball bat, fists or his finger pointing through his jacket pocket. You can not ban every possible weapon in existance with the hopes of curbing violent crimes.
Squirt guns are non-lethal, you will not die from getting shot by a plastic water gun. Regular firearm hand guns are lethal weapons. There is a good chance you will suffer a lethal, deadly or otherwise not nice injury, that has a good chance of resulting in your death. Stun Guns, Tasers and other EMD type weapons are less-than-lethal.
So far, Tasers have not been “directly” linked to causing death immediate death to normal healthy adults. Perhaps “undetermined medical condition that was exacerbated by the Taser shocks” are possible. If your body is loaded up with drugs (you obviously have little concern of your personal well being anyways), a Taser jolt may cause more damage to you. If you have some weird, rare or unknown health, heart, or muscular condition, yes a EMD weapon might injury you more than temporarily. You could just get shot with a sidearm if you prefer…
“Perhaps he had illegal drugs in his possession, as the investigation suggests. Perhaps not. He was unarmed and trying to keep from getting arrested.” Yes, by running away, that is called resisting arrest in most jurisdictions…
“Perhaps he was also intent on harming the deputy. Or perhaps not. Reasonable people cannot condone Mr. Cody’s behavior. If he was not wearing his seat belt, he was breaking the law. If he had drugs, he was breaking the law. When he tried to get away from the officer, he broke the law. However, any person in Mr. Cody’s situation is presumed innocent until proved guilty. Should a fleeing suspect who isn’t a mortal threat to an officer be subjected to the potentially lethal shock of a stun gun? If not a stun gun, then what?”
Again, that is called resisting arrest. he is “presumed innocent until proved guilty” while he is standing there. As soon as he runs away, he is now guilty of resisting arrest. Should the police officer have just given up and said “Darn he is getting away… guess I have to wait for another bad guy…”?
“This matter delivers the inevitable debate about the appropriate use of stun guns like a bolt from the blue. Until the larger argument is settled — and the question will almost certainly be decided by the nation’s highest court — stun guns will cause far more injuries, both to suspects whose physical reaction cannot be fully anticipated and to officers who may rely on a device that may not be 100 percent effective.”
Ok, this use of a taser (not stun gun) was not out of the blue. Officers clearly announce a warning before deploying a Taser. The suspect was fleeing arrest, he was not going to stop. Police officers do not have the time to fully anticipate the physical reactions of some lunatic resisting arrest. Is he going to just run away? Is he going to run 10 feet and then pull a gun? Is he going to run 20 feet and alert 8 accomplices?
If you really want to walk a mile in the shoes of an average police officer and actually have a lick of sense when criticizing them, please sign up to a police academy, get trained, strap on your Taser and put your life on the line day in and day out. Don’t sit there and arm-chair quarterback law enforcement when you really have no clue what goes on and what it entails.
If some thug breaks into your house, or a drunk driver is pulled over before hitting one of your family members on the road, or some other criminal is about to commit a crime that affects you personally – and an officer subdues them with a Taser, I doubt you will be screaming “Don’t Tase Him, Bro!”
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Yours in Safety,
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