posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 12:41 AM
I feel that it's proper for any person in a security position to carry a taser, provided that it's not simply handed out, that any who carries one
needs to complete an indepth instruction course first, and use the taser only as the last resort.
Seems that lately we've heard a lot about police/security etc. carrying tasers who were not first fully trained in their use, who have used the
tasers with a hair trigger. I've seen on the news several instances of where the police/security has a suspect standing there in front of them a few
feet away, the suspect was seen and heard on the videos simply standing there, not resisting arrest or anything resembling that. In one instance,
Police gave an order and when the suspect didn't immediately react (within like 2 seconds) by dropping to the ground, he was tasered with no warning
given. I see this as excessive use of a taser. Am thinking this isn't what the taser was supposed to be used for. Of course if the police/security
was outnumbered by a mob and in danger of being taken down themselves, then I could understand the use of a taser.
It just seems to me that most of what we've seen and heard about on the news has involved the use of a taser when it was not appropriate in the first
place. And this, I believe, is wrong. Putting the one who used the taser wrongly on 'paid administrative leave' for doing so, is nothing but a
slap on the hand too. That's another term for *vacation*. Am thinking that if a taser is used with a hair trigger, instead of what it was meant for
-- a last resort -- in physical danger, then that person should not be allowed to carry a taser again. At least not until a full instruction course
in its use is taken and sworn to uphold.
[edit on 10/4/2007 by NotOnMyWatch]