posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 11:15 PM
Holy synchronicity Batman!
My wife's uncle, who's local PD, stopped by for a visit yesterday. Him and I aren't too well acquainted (go figure) - so we had us a talk.
During this lengthy conversation, we were quickly swayed to the topic (no telling how that happened (?)) of police tactics and, specifically,
escalation of force.
First, I'm a vet - 2 years in Iraq - and am very familiar with the military's escalation of force regarding any particular Rules of Engagement.
I was a bit surprised by the explanation that was laid out.
To paraphrase: There are pretty much 3 phases (1) officer present (2) verbal (3) soft hands (4) hard hands (5) force
Now the above isn't shocking or even surprising - What is, however, is that tasoring a person isn't defined at level 5! It's not considered force.
According to him (and maybe this is just his department), tasoring is "kinda inbetween hard hands and force."
I was shocked.
What I find most shocking is that to get yourself a good ole tazin', the suspect or whatever doesn't necessarily have to be physically aggressive AT
ALL. You can simply refuse to leave your house (passive aggressive) and get yo butt tazed.
Needless to say, him and I had a long discussion. We actually ended agreeing on most points. I do respect this guy and understand that the system
doesn't necessarily implicate the person.
That said, the fact that I can get tazed without even being physically threatening to somebody is a human-rights violation and more people need to be
getting upset IMO.
[edit on 4-8-2010 by misinformational]