posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 10:50 AM
First off a taser is a LESS LETHAL option for us. It is not and has NEVER been a NON lethal option. Second, this ruling may SEEM good in the eyes of
those not educated in the use of a taser, or those never put in situations where a taser is the most effective way to end a situation. Also, for
those who THINK (because you sure don't actually know) a taser is to be used only when a gun should be used is about the dumbest thing I have ever
read, and I read that ALOT on this site.
I agree that the taser has been abused by SOME officers. There is no denying that. My concern is the lack of experiance PEOPLE have with situations
that NEED a taser, and without that experiance, how can you say what from the comfort of your computer chair, that the officer shoulda, woulda,
This ruling will do two things.
1. It will make those appossed to the taser happy, but they will not think about the ACTUAL change this brings. Now when an officer is faced with a
situation you will see the stats of shootings and physical injuries of suspects go up. With that said, are you guys now going to bitch about that as
well? Sure you will. People will find something they do not like (for whatever reason) and complain about it, protest it, etc...and do anything they
must to get rid of it. But they never think about what that leads to. Then when they get their wish and that "thing" is taken away they celebrate,
just to be "shocked" that now something new is occuring and their pissed off about that too.
2. It will cost citizens. When stuff happens and officers respond, especially younger officers (time on the force), they WILL hesitate. That
hesitation does one of three things. Its cost the officer their life, It costs the victim their life, or it allows for the completion of a crime that
would of otherwise been stopped. Its just human nature to hesitate when your told if you do things a certain way you'll be held responsible,
especially if your used to doing something that way.
Bottom line is, tasers DO have a purpose and play a VERY important roll. I know this because I have deployed my taser 7 times this month. In all 7
situations it defused the problem and stopped tragedy. I am still old fashioned in a way too, I don't mind going hands on with a suspect, but in
todays society even that draws citisism.
[edit on 12/30/2009 by rcwj1975]