Friday, July 24, 2009

Top Taser Incidents

ABC News has an article up called "Top 7 'Shocking' Taser Incidents." I missed a couple of these incidents. Probably the worst one ABC covers is when cops tased a disturbed, suicidal man in Brooklyn while he was out on a ledge, causing him to fall to his death. Hey, let's prevent him from committing suicide by shocking him so that he topples off a ledge -- brilliant. The other particularly idiotic incident was when a hospital security guard -- an off duty cop -- tasered a man holding his newborn baby, causing the baby to fall. Does basic common sense disappear when people get hold of tasers? What did he think would happen to the baby after the man collapsed from the shock? Naturally the hospital defended the guard, saying that "proper procedure" was followed. They might want to rethink that procedure.

Unfortunately for anyone that pays attention to taser incidents, the seven highlighted by ABC are just the tip of the iceberg. There are actually plenty that are much worse than some of the ones mentioned in the article.

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