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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, November 19, 2007

Another Taser Death

A man in Virginia dies after being shot with a Taser by a deputy sheriff.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the Taser was supposed to be an alternative to guns. If that is the case, then shouldn't the use of a Taser be subject to the same level of review as the use of a firearm; if it's not justified to shoot the guy, it's not justified to Taser him?

If that is the equivalence, then the fact that a few people die after being Tasered is no big deal, as there is certainly a greater risk of lasting injury or death after being shot a few times by a 9mm or a .40.

But if the Taser is supposed to be an equivalent to a nightstick or to the cop wading in and getting physical with the perp, then I think that maybe some more work needs to be done, as these folks shouldn't be dying.

1 comment:

BadTux said...

Oh silly misfit, it isn't the taser that killed them. It's some mysterious disease called "excited delirium" that for some reason only afflicts people who die in police custody (not a single case has ever been "diagnosed" in any other circumstance). The taser and associated police brutality has nothing, nothing to do with these deaths, nosirree! It's all this disease that only afflicts people in police custody, doncha know?!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin