Guns direct the force of an explosion to propel a projectile down a tube at a target to cause damage by impact.
Guns since day 1 were made to kill.
Tasers shoot electrical prods into a person and deliver an electrical current that disrupts muscular electrical function, rendering the target immobile.
One is clearly designed to inflict physical damage, the other is designed to incapacitate. Any other effects are pretty much unintentional and cant be controlled, but that comes with the territory of using the device.
Gettin' real tired of you ducking me, man...
29th December 2004
I'm late to the party here, but having read through the whole thread, I have to stand up here and defend the officer. I spent nearly 6 years in law enforcement, and I can tell you one thing that is absolutely gospel truth in that profession:
YOU. DON'T. VIOLATE. POLICY.
You see, the policy is written for a reason. If I am following policy to the letter, and I use a taser in accordance with my department's policy, and someone subsequently sues me for it, the department will defend me. They will provide attorneys, stand behind me at any trial or court proceeding, and basically have my back.
If, in a situation where policy states I should use a taser, I decide on my own to physically restrain someone and an injury results, I am on my own. I will be forced to hire my own attorneys, will almost certainly be suspended without pay for violating policy, and will likely 'never work in this business again.'
Someone said earlier that this officer wouldn't put his career on the line and physically restrain this girl. If the source has the policy correct, that is EXACTLY what he would have been doing. One of the reasons you have policy and training on that policy is so when any situation arises, you can react to it in accordance with established policy.
Does it seem extreme to use a taser on a 10 year old? Maybe. I can tell you this, every single officer that carries one has been hit with it as well. (At least that was part of the training when I carried one.) Yeah, it hurts, and it jumbles you up some, but you feel fine in a few minutes. It's a much easier thing to recover from than being physically struck or injured.
The bottom line is that none of us were there in that situation, and therefore none of us can judge what happened. If the officer was out of line, then the complaint that was filed will result in him being disciplined. If he was acting within the department's policy, it won't. Until that determination is made, we should all be reserving judgment.
After all, would any of you put your career and the livelihood of your family on the line to keep from tasing a spoiled brat kid? I submit that you would not.
Sounds just like SOP's in the military.