Subway Taser Incident: Electron Happy Cops?

This video of a violent customer at Subway has gone viral. As it pushes over the quarter-million mark, I draw your attention to 2:30 in, when the cops arrive to take down the shirtless perp. The cops charge in with full force, both in number and style. One policeman pushes the bad guy backwards. The cops give the stunned, weaponless perp four seconds (being generous) to hit the floor before they Tase him. Clearly, the bad guy didn’t process the command during those four seconds. Nor did he make any aggressive moves towards the cops or anyone else in that time span. A Taser is a wonderful thing. But I wonder if the police are jumping the electron gun, setting basic combat skills aside in a subconscious desire to avoid physical contact with nasty people.

This video of a violent customer at Subway has gone viral. As it pushes over the quarter-million mark, I draw your attention to 2:30 in, when the cops arrive to…

NYPD Police Stun Gun Probe a Non-Starter

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“New York City police are looking into why a stun gun apparently failed before a knife-wielding man was shot to death by officers,” poststar.com reports. “The NYPD says Emmanuel Paulino…

Taser Panders to Pandering Bull Run Runners

The Bull Run is a modern mutation of the STSS (Sea to Shining Sea) Race, immortalized in the movie Gumball Rally. In all cases, it meant/means driving across long distances as fast as possible trying to avoid getting caught speeding. ‘Cause speeding is SO inconvenient. Not to mention illegal. Oops! I just mentioned it. And now that I’ve brought it up, what about this?

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The Bull Run is a modern mutation of the STSS (Sea to Shining Sea) Race, immortalized in the movie Gumball Rally. In all cases, it meant/means driving across long distances…

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton returned to the baseball team’s rotation Monday—and didn’t make a fool of himself. (Philadelphia lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3). But someone did. ABC News reports that a bro’ was Tased in the City of Brotherly Love. “The fan hopped a fence and scurried around the outfield, eluding two security officers late in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser and the fan went down in a heap. The Phillies say the police department is investigating the matter and discussing with the team whether it’s appropriate use of force under similar circumstances. The teams says it’s the first time a Taser has been used by police to apprehend a spectator who ran onto the field.” TTAG says where’s the video guys? The media outlet’s strap-line: “ABC 2 Works For You.” Not in this case it doesn’t. The TV’s channel’s image—a set of feet next to the bag—reveals the station’s collusion and cowardice. ESPN isn’t showing the clip, either. Did the team’s official site mention the incident? Ha. Thank God for YouTube.

Police Taser Phillies Fan For Field Invasion

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton returned to the baseball team’s rotation Monday—and didn’t make a fool of himself. (Philadelphia lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3). But someone did. ABC…

Taser’s Brand Extensions: A Shock to the System

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I like Taser. Their non-lethal weapons offer an effective and relatively clean and tidy alternative to lethal force. (Howie Mandel’s weapon of choice?) It’s easy to reach Taser’s PR guy;…

A grand jury found “no criminal wrongdoing” in the case of a Portland police officer who shot a homeless man named Jack Dale Collins. According to the police report, Collins was approaching officer Walters with a knife—even though the officer repeatedly told him to drop it. So officer Walters shot and killed Collins. Which is fair enough. Or is it? Officer Walters didn’t tase Collins. Officer Collins claimed he didn’t use a Taser stun gun “because it wouldn’t have worked through the man’s heavy coat” (according to an investigative report released Monday, reported by tdn.com).

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Portland Cop Chooses Bullets Over Taser

A grand jury found “no criminal wrongdoing” in the case of a Portland police officer who shot a homeless man named Jack Dale Collins. According to the police report, Collins…

At our request, Steve Tuttle of Taser International sent us this statement about the Tasering of a 10-year-old by a Morgan County, Indiana police officer:

While there are considerable safety margins for use of TASER electronic control devices for minors, we all certainly agree that children need to be protected to the greatest degree possible.  However, situations can arise where law enforcement officers must subdue minors in order to prevent them from harming themselves or others.  Even the National Institute of Justice’s Study of Deaths Following Electro Muscular Disruption:  Interim Report states, “The use of a CED against these populations (when recognized) should be avoided but may be necessary if the situation excludes other reasonable options.

The issue facing community standards is the use of any type of response to resistance involving children or adolescents which in itself is controversial when justified and requires careful consideration and due care.  There are cases in which the totality of circumstances are such that a TASER device presents the safer response to resistance compared with the alternatives such as fists, kicks, baton strikes, bean bag guns, chemical agents, or canine response.

In our training materials we provide warnings of known risks that may impact the use of the TASER device.  It is up to the individual agencies to determine and set forth use of force policies and guidelines based upon Constitutional standards and the totality of the circumstances for any response to resistance.

Taser Statement on Indiana Police Tasering 10-Year-Old

At our request, Steve Tuttle of Taser International sent us this statement about the Tasering of a 10-year-old by a Morgan County, Indiana police officer: While there are considerable safety…

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azcentral.com Refuses to Re-Write Misleading “Taser Death” Headline

“Autopsy: Taser death caused by heart attack, drugs.” That’s how azcentral.com reports the fact that a Taser did NOT kill Mark Andrew Morse on February 4. In fact, a just-released…

Ha! Connecticut Considers Legalizing Tasers for Concealed Carry

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I’m not shilling for Taser, I swear. It was the AP who made TTAG’s stun gun coverage a trifecta. To wit: the news org reports that The Nutmeg State is…

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Taser to SF: We’ll Be Here When You Figure It Out

Yesterday, the San Francisco Police Commission rejected the Chief’s request to arm his force with Tasers. The Commission was worried about the lethality of the world’s most famous non-lethal weapon….