We have had two news stories here very recently involving “tasers” and police officers. Sadly, in both cases the perpetrators ended up dying. Not from the tasers but from drugs they had taken. Here’s the link if you are interested in reading it. http://wcco.com/local/taser.death.minnesota.2.719111.html
While I find it horribly, horribly sad, just what is it that we or police officers are supposed to do? I am not “lily white” either by any sense of the imagination and have made many blunders in my life but somehow, nobody I have ever known personally, has been tasered or been in any way, a situation like this that it might even be considered.
My brother and I were raised to respect police officers. My dad was a volunteer fireman and he worked with the police so to us, they weren’t “scary” or the “bad guys.” I have been in cars with people who just freak out when they see a police car. Like….why?? Unless you are doing something wrong, why would you care? I was with my youngest son one night and we were coming home from bowling and he told me I had to drive a few miles over the speed limit or a cop would pull me over because he would wonder why I was driving the speed limit! HUH??? Why would I care if I got pulled over. I could care less. But some people just freak out.
I feel police are there working for “us.” I don’t feel they are out there picking on people. It seems to me, and I could be wrong, I have been before but I feel it’s the people who feel “picked on” are usually the people who are breaking the law in one way or the other.
Both of these taser incidents, they felt it was the only option they had. That both men were out of control. One mad punched an officer and they actually thought he was having an epileptic seizure. They were that out of control. Then everyone, media etc, think we shouldn’t use tasers or that the “jolt” is to high. Would they rather the officers use guns? Also, in both of these incidents, they needed more than one “jolt” (I don’t know what else to call them) and the first few didn’t seem to phase the offender.
I feel the police and firefighters and medics, are there for us and they put their lives on the line every single day so just what then, should they do when someone is so drugged up AND out driving on the same roads as you and I? Yes, both of these incidents involved getting pulled over so both of these men were out driving in this condition.
Anyone have any suggestions?