I’ve written about lethal “non-lethal weapons” here before, written about it in previous blogs, and I’ve simply fumed silently on several more occasions, but here is yet another case where perpetuating the idea that tasers are “non-lethal” weapons has caused yet another death. Granted, the victim had to be tasered an unusual number of times (9) in a short span for it to be lethal in this case, but if the officer in question had not had a taser, the victim would most likely still be alive.
Hopped up on cocaine, the victim was hard to stop. I can understand that. I can sympathise with the officer to an extent. There are two things that make me very upset about this, though.
- The coroner’s report that the man was likely dead after the 7th shock, and was shocked twice more after death.
- The following quote from the cop’s lawyer:
“The only thing he could have done other than to say, ‘OK, we’re going to let you go’ is to beat him or Tase him.”
I submit that a billy club to the knee is safer and more humane.
One parting shot:
In the year since Winnfield police received Tasers, officers have used
them 14 times, according to police records — with 12 of the instances
involving black suspects. Ten of the 14 incidents involved Nugent
So clearly we have here a police officer who thinks, “I’ve got a great non-lethal tool here. I should use it.” Which would be OK if tasers were actually non-lethal….