This madness is getting scary, I think.
Seriously, you've only got to watch about two or three minutes of this video to get to the point where you can once again witness yet another gung-ho, taser-happy police officer (this time in Utah) commit what is becoming an all-too-typical abuse.
Now, I hate to say it, but with the sky-rocketing number of incidents of this sort of brutality, police are only going to be creating a much more harmful situation for themselves and the overall public. Eventually, an officer in this sort of circumstance is going to pull out a taser when it clearly isn't necessary, and the speeder or protester or common citizen on the street is going to pull out a gun to defend his or herself from being tasered for what they believe is no reason whatsoever.
I think this issue is only going to get worse unless someone somewhere enacts some sort of protocol for using this weapon.
It's one thing to use a taser to subdue a dangerous criminal for running and trying to avoid capture. However, it's a whole different issue to use it on a person who, for whatever reason, is refusing to sign a simple speeding ticket, is confused in an airport, or is simply voicing an opinion.
So, how do we go about fixing this steadily-growing problem?
Discuss, if you please. I am curious to know your thoughts, after all.
Posted By Dan to The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind at 11/21/2007 05:30:00 PM