Deputy tasers high school student against direct orders

via: Raw Story

Outside a Maryland high school gym last Wednesday, sophomore Brandon Bennett got into a small altercation with a fellow student. It was after a basketball game and tempers were high, but the the two were separated by officials and students without much problem. Only then did things get really violent. According to Julius Bennett, the student’s father, Deputy Anthony Lenzi fired a Taser at his son after being told twice by a senior officer it was not necessary. More on this..

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Why talk when you can shock?

By Robyn Doolittle, The Toronto Star (via CommonDreams):

Tasers are not a replacement for guns; they’re a replacement for talking, said author Naomi Klein at a town-hall meeting last night.

“If it happened in a cell, we would call it torture and if it happens on the street we should not be afraid to call it torture,” said Klein, who is the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

The discussion on the police use of shock and stun guns was held at the University of Toronto in response to Toronto police Chief Bill Blair’s request that 3,000 officers be armed with electroshock guns.

When RCMP officers used a Taser on Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver International Airport last October, they did so within 25 seconds of their arrival on the scene, Klein said. Dziekanski died shortly after.

“Why talk when you can shock?” she said. “Tasers are not a replacement for guns. They’re a replacement for everything else …they’re a replacement for talking; for negotiating.”

This is exactly where I thought this issue would go — drop everything, and Taser the poor bastard.  When you Taser a guy within 25 seconds of initial contact, it’s a pretty safe bet no other tactics have been attempted.

As many as 20 people in Canada and 290 in the United States have died after being shocked by a Taser, said the chair of Toronto’s Amnesty International chapter, Andy Buxton, who also sat on the panel.

Taser International has said the weapon it manufactures is safe.

Apparently, for 310 North Americans, the Taser is not working out so well.  I think it would be a great idea for law enforcement to have a little faith in their abilities, and fall back on their training — it’s less deadly.

Go read the whole article here.

Shocking new media player..

(by Reuters)

via: The Telegraph

iTaser: The stun gun with an MP3 music player

Music fans who spend hours selecting their perfect jogging playlist now face a new dilemma. What track to listen to as you Taser someone?
The device – formally known as the Taser Music Player Holster – has already earned the nickname the iTaser.
The manufacturers hope the gun will be particularly popular among women, and have made it available in available in “red-hot” red, “fashion” pink and even leopardskin print for customers who are as style conscious as they are safety conscious.

The device’s stun gun fires a 50,000-volt electric charge. But the ampage of the shock the victim receives is as low as 0.00.21 amps, hence its popularity with police forces around the world as a non-lethal incapacitation tool.
The built-in MP3 player can store 1GB of songs.

I don’t even know what to say. Now tasers are going to make a fashion statement AND play all your favorite songs.. What a deal! I guess that’s the so-called beauty of the free market married to the constant message of the need to be afraid. If I’d have known, I could have asked Santa for one for Christmas…

Just think, you don’t have to miss a beat.. Though, the person being tased may be missing a heartbeat..

Tasered Utah Motorist More Generous Than Most

Here’s a follow up to a story posted by TripMaster Monkey recently, which I find rather amazing.  Most people would be a bit pissed off about having been tasered in front of his wife and children by a cocky over-the-top control freak cop, but this guy is asking people to have mercy on Trooper Gardner.

From Raw Story:

“I wish people would realize and think about this: Trooper Gardner is a real person, he’s got a real family. Real lives are being affected,” Jared Massey said earlier this week.

Trooper Jon Gardner of the Utah Highway Patrol subdued Massey with a Taser when the driver walked away and refused to sign a speeding ticket on Sept. 14.

Wow.  That’s really quite amazing…