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Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him.
Police forced entry into Williams home while responding to a shooting, but it turned out to be a false call.
Without his hearing aid he is basically deaf.
Do I wish there would have been some way they were notified in advance this gentleman was hearing impaired?
“Tasers occupy a strange place in the police rulebook,” notes Peter Gorman, writing for the Fort Worth Weekly. “Law enforcement officers learn what is called a ‘use of force continuum’ to determine what means or weapons they may use in different situations. The ‘continuum’ begins with simple police presence, then moves up to issuing commands, then the use of open hands, and after that, pepper or other chemical sprays, closed hands (including elbows and knees and other takedown moves), the use of a hard baton, and finally, the use of lethal force.”
You might think Tasers would fit somewhere near the “lethal force” end of that list, right before a gun. Instead, however, many police agencies place Tasers immediately after the “issuing commands” force level — which suggests to officers that using a Taser is less serious even than a push or pepper spray. Which also means that if an officer asks you to produce your driver’s license and you ask “Why?” rather than immediately complying with the order, there’s a chance, in some jurisdictions, that you could, within their rules, be hit with a Taser for refusing the command. That’s in part how Tasers have begun to be used, not as serious, life-threatening weapons, but as a bully’s tool of compliance, something to get people in line — with sometimes egregious consequences.
Originally posted by jd140
They were responding to a shooting. They had a guy not doing what he was told to do. The cops do not know he is deaf. He got tased.
If I am responding to a shooting and I see a person who is not following orders I would be inclined to tase him. I would rather be extra cautious and go home that night. Of course since it was a deaf guy the cops used excessive force.
I wonder how many read the whole article. If you did then you would know that it was a fake reporting that put the cops there at his house to begin with.
Yeah someone should be sued, but it shouldn't be the cops.
"I kept going to my ear yelling that I was scared. I can't hear! I can't hear!"