posted on Jun, 28 2010 @ 02:01 PM
Originally posted by smashing31
reply to post by westcoast
If this story has no merit how about the link here which is the lawsuit they are filing, and the second link, whcih is to the same story on the local
[edit on 28-6-2010 by smashing31]
Okay, so did you read the link you just provided? The police report reads quite a bit differently than the one from 'Hollywood on Crack".
I still find it hard to believe that they would find it necessary to tase such an elderly person and I think they will have a hard time defending the
action, BUT.....the first article you provided was obviously hyped up to make a better read.
From what I gather, the police went in, because the woman was weilding a knife and threatening to kill anyone who tried to help her.
Her son had called for help for her, it sounds like she needed it. Perhaps the police at the time thought that by tasing her it would subdue her
enough that they could get the knife and get control of her without hurting her.
People have a big misconception of what tasers do. No, I am not a cop, but I work with law enforcement and I have seen many people tased. It is not
as violent as mainstream would like you to believe, and once it is over, its done, usually with no ill effects. Being pepper sprayed is MUCH, MUCH
worse. I have seen several situations where there was a mentally ill patient that was fighting and threatening staff and police ended up tasing them
to get control WITHOUT harming them. Anytime the police go hands-on with someone who is fighting, there is a huge potential for injury to everyone
Especially when there is a weapon involved. Now, it's easy to say that this was just a little old lady....but you put a weapon in anybody's hand,
no matter how old they are, especially if they are crazy and you have a legitimate threat.
Having said all of that, I am not condoning the actions....it seems extreme for a 86 year old bed-ridden woman, no matter what. BUT...people need to
realize the reasons behind the mentality there. We were not there, we have no idea what was going on and obviously someone felt that that was the
best way to get control of her without hurting her, not because they are just these wild, out of control cops looking to beat up an old woman.