posted on Nov, 26 2007 @ 12:24 PM
When I worked as a dispatcher, our local PD got Tazers and it seemed to me that the level of conversation dropped during stops and bookings. Before,
if someone was brought in and mouthing off, there were locked up for a couple of hours and left to cool down. But when a tazer was used, they were
repeatedly shot until they complied. I watched one officer in booking shock a drunk 3 or 4 times after he sat him down and the guy kept trying to
stand up. In the past, the drunk would have been locked up or the officer would have stood in the secure area of the booking room. But since the
drunk had been tazed while making the arrest, and left "hooked up" until paramedics could respond to remove the barbs, it was easier to just keep
pulling the trigger. I left the department shortly after that because it seemed to me that the new Captain was slowly building his own private army
of officers. Thankfully, after the mass exodus of employees who felt the way I did complained, the City wised up an terminated the contract with this
Tazers can be good tools, but when first introduced to a department, I believe that the officers "look" for an excuse to use them. It's true that
officers have to be tazed before they're allowed to use them, but these officers aren't shot. the ends of the wires are taped to a portion of there
body and they're given the option of a 2 or 5 second taze. The one inch barb isn't shot into them so it really not the same thing in my opinion.
The only exception to that was the one new officer who happened to be standing to close to the Chief of PD when he picked up a gun and pulled the
trigger. The new office was shot in the leg and took the whole ride as other officers were shouting at the chief to turn it off.
The officers are taught to shoot at the chest to ensure that both barbs will strike the suspect. But like any gun, it has to be aimed and a poor shot
could result in someone being shot in the face or groin areas. The range is about 20 feet and the training I watched where officers shot at a paper
target was about 10 feet and the barbs spread pattern was anywhere from 2 to 7 inches. So accuracy isn't consistant in my opinion.
I'd suggest that if anyone thinks a cop is out of line, don't argue with him on the spot, you're only going to lose or get abused even more. Let
him be a jerk, then file a complaint with the city, the department, the newspapers, and anyone else who can sound an alarm. I applaude that kid who
had his car wired up for video. I feel such cameras should be part of the officers uniform and the video/audio be transmitted to a watchdog agency
where the Police Department can't access it. If that was the case, a lot of officers attitudes would change or they'd be looking for other jobs.