Thursday, July 02, 2009

Scattered, Smothered & Taser-ed

Some officers in Gwinnett demonstrate how NOT to behave in public with weapons. It is one thing to incorrectly tase someone during the commission of a crime. It is another thing entirely to tase your Waffle House waitstaff while they're fixing your Patty Melt Plate.

When used correctly, tasers can be very effective non-lethal tools of law enforcement. I'm sure there are hundreds of lives that have been saved and thousands of crimes that have been stopped when this tool is used correctly by professionals. I'm also sure we never hear about those incidents in the media.

But when examples of improper use make the news or the rounds on YouTube, I wonder what is wrong with our training and certification programs that allow people to think this kind of behavior is in any way acceptable.

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