Originally posted by CynicalM
Well if your theory is correct then the BF should have been charged with assaulting a police officer..
If you refer to the term 'challenged', then I'm not alluding to a physical altercation. A challenge need not invoke hostility, it has other
And yes, a Taser is a weapon. I can't recall disputing that. I do agree that since we know it's a weapon then the person trusted with handling it
must certainly know this aswell, and therefore should treat it with the respect and maturity that something of the nature commands; ie - Don't go
shooting your partner on a whim. What needs to be taken into account is that is deployed as a Non-Lethal weapon, more physically invasive than
capsicum spray, but less destructive to tissue than a beanbag gun or baton. The risk of harm is still present (and will always be with such things)
but in terms of current technology it is comparatively minimized.
You are not likely to die, but i wouldn't want it to happen to me.
Hence it makes a good deterrent also.
What I'm asking of you however, is that you entertain other possibilities leading up to Capt. Jackass requesting to get Tased (as baffling as it is),
and the environment in which said events took place. While neither of these can completely justify the Officer's actions because a) She was likely
trained in the do's and don'ts of tasering, and b) Tasering someone without a decent reason clearly falls in with 'Don'ts'
; I'm open to
the possibility that this could be an actual case that, when the Officer is publicly apologizing for it at some press conference and they use the
words 'temporary lapse of judgement', it isn't actually a grotesque assault on our intelligence, it is just what she said. They just might not be
as stupid as they come across without being able to explain themselves.
Not far off, however...
In the hypothesized chain of events they have both succumbed to a typical bout of one-upmanship between two people, where unfortunately a Taser and
two idiots were involved. Being in a group of friends, you would think that the people around them would know what effect the media's
super-dramatization and the ensuing public scrutiny would have on this Officer's employment prospects, should word get out. That might seem a little
odd to some people, but this flows with our apparent relaxed mindset here in WA - By all means look out for your mates, just don't go sticking your
nose in anyone's disputes, lest they become your disputes aswell. Let them sort it out between them.
Anyone who was friends with these people (Which in a place like Carnarvon could conceivably be everyone at the party) would generally take the 'What
happens on tour...' mindset, or if they had a strong objection to their actions or thought of it as unconscionably risky would just tell them
outright, lest things get too far out of hand... Not go crying to the Media or Police Brass about it
If the party was full of strangers then the onus is on the couple to not do stupid things that will end in disciplinary action. Deserve = Get.
Now i think it's worth re-stating that neither of these scenario's make their actions either right or wrong. They are in the wrong unquestionably,
but i do think of it as less wrong if it played out amongst your friends, as opposed to in-amongst strangers at some random person's house.
So if this possibility was infact the reality (and like I said, there are possible more likely scenario's), then they have done the wrong thing and
deserve disciplinary action. I would however be disappointed if it eventuates to her losing her job. That would unfair in my view, and really just
overkill, especially given the current shortage of Police in our state.