I did not see a single reason in that video for the use of force. (Not to mention the videographer is a douchebag.) A Taser is not the correct level of force to get someone to comply with a verbal command. It is the sign of a lazy cop who believes that over escalation of force is the solution to his problem.
But that’s not all folks because the situation gets even better.
In the video, the man allegedly refused to comply with the officer’s commands to put his hands down, according to a woman in the video who saw the incident. The man taking the video stated several times on the video and to the officer that the man who had been stunned was mentally challenged.
The reason for the arrest was the following:
Let me translate for those of you who do not understand the full meaning of those two quotes above. I have a nice video that will help explain it.
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Because the use of force is totally justified when someone is being verbally abusive. It’s also a reason to arrest someone, can’t have those serfs stepping out of line.
Update: After reading the article I found there’s no question there was a need for lawful contact given the person’s behavior. However, the taser was still well beyond the level of force necessary to make the suspect compliant.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.