I just saw this Fort Worth, Tex., dash cam footage on the news this morning and I am incensed:
That’s a 72-year-old grandmother getting tased by a police officer half again her size!! Yes, she was speeding (60 in a 45 mph zone, according to the report). Yes, she got a bit belligerent and uncooperative. But tase her!!??
Any police officer that big who can’t control a woman that small and old without ordering her to “get on the ground” and resorting to his Taser ought to be fired! Not suspended, not reprimanded, not lectured or warned or retrained. Fired. The man doesn’t have enough common sense and good judgment to be a law officer.
I’ve written before about cops overusing and misusing Tasers, and this incident only confirms my belief.
If you want to get into actual Taser-related deaths in North America, the total a year ago was more than 400 and rising, according to one source.