Friday, November 17, 2006

Taser Time

YouTube is often belittled by the MSM as something fun, a memory vault of music videos, Daily Show clip, and other fun and games, but not a serious tool for democratizing the media space.

That's starting to change.

The latest controversy involves a UCLA student getting repeatedly Tasered by campus police during an ID check at a computer lab. The student apparently didn't have an ID and "exchanged words" with the officers. He may also have "gone limp." The student gets handcuffed, Tasered, and then doesn't get up. He gets Tasered again, and again, and again.

Watch it. The videos pretty damn scary, and a little unclear, but it makes the point well enough. I don't normally play sidewalk superintendant to the police, they have a difficult job to do and sometimes, even the best cops, need to use force. That's why we pay them. As a former security guard, who was trained by ex-cops, however, the first rule we learned was to use the minimum of force necessary to de-escalate the situtation.

Sorry boys, Tasering somebody who is lying on the ground, convulsing in pain, limp, in handcuffs, doesn't count.

As the editorial says "after all, they are peace officers."

But thanks to YouTube, you can make up your own mind.
We report and decide.
But you can do the same thing.


Blogger Steve S said...

Ah, I started watching that the other day. Couldn't take the screaming, frankly - and didn't like the fact that I couldn't actually see what was happening. But it does certainly sound excessive.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Joe A said...

The guy was being a whiny student, no doubt about it, but so are most people the police have to deal with it. Having been a security guard with any number of drunker, dumber, more violent, and stupider people (sans taser) I just can't see the rational. The only thing that mattered for me in the video was that he was in handcuffs and kept getting tasered.

10:12 PM  

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