I don't get why they used a taser, but let's bring up some facts. He was a vandal, not a "graffiti artist." It was a misdemeanor, but when he fled and resisted arrest I believe it became a felony.
When a cop says stop, they mean stop.
He should have stopped, from what I understand it would have been community service is all.
As usual hindsight is always 20/20 when it comes to us armchair law enforcement officers.
Facts is facts. I never said "graffiti artist"...and I did say he was "defacing a building". As Shooshie once said.. there's the law.. and then there's the spirit of the law.
You don't have to go exactly by the book. Being an officer is as much about exercising judgement as it is about enforcement. Some of the young men witnessing the tasering said some of the cops were laughing and high five-ing. I'm not saying what the officer did was "technically" wrong.. but did he have any other choices? Numerous officers there and they couldn't bring in a teen w/o tasering? Seems like a bit much to me.
TAZERs are serious tools . They certainly can be deadly. There wasa young man in my small town a few years ago, who died after being TAZERed . He was high on drugs and was naked at the time supposedly acting erratic .
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
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