Wednesday, November 21, 2007

[The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind] Yet Another Tasering.

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


  1. I am so pleased to say.............. Only in America!

  2. here we go........controlling that would be like believing gun control will stop criminals. Police officers are human also and there is always bound to be someone somewhere who snaps and goes too far.  All the training, rules and screening of officers is not going to stop it completely.  Violence does not seem to limit itself to only a certain class of people. I am not disagreeing that it is wrong when it happens I just don't believe in this day and age - the way the world has evolved - that there is any possible way to control it.  Not unless our lawmakers and court systems start enforcing the laws that we already have instead of trying to keep creating new ones that benefit each others wallets.  I'll keep praying for peace anyway. :o)