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Don’t tase me, bro!

I think this was more about a heavyset cop running out of breath than a fan posing any real danger to the players…

5 Responses to “Don’t tase me, bro!”

  1. Matt Says:

    The thing that bugs me about all the backlash against the use of the taser is the fundamental misunderstanding of how difficult it is to subdue someone without hurting them. Ignoring for a moment the possibility that the arresting officer is harmed (a risk they simply should not have to face so that a teenager can act out), tackling and restraining a resisting person is very likely to result in that person being injured, perhaps severely. It isn’t like the movies at all; the use of a taser is actually a lot safer for the person being restrained. Try pinning down another adult who is resisting sometime and I bet one or both of you will end up hurt.

  2. Penguin Says:

    Jesus, Matt, are you serious? This isn’t a video of a cop tasing down someone who’s an otherwise serious risk to react violently. If the kid had been grabbed by a few security and was still kicking/punching/biting/struggling to get free, then yeah: maybe it’s time to take the fight out of him before someone gets hurt.

    But do you really think that little jerk was going to do anything once a security guard got his/her arm around him? OK, maybe he’d start crying for his mommy once they got him off the field and he realized how much trouble he was in; but unless you can make the case that the towel he was waving was a lethal weapon, then this incident is a textbook case of overreaction.

  3. James Otto Says:

    Two words: Monica Seles

  4. Penguin Says:

    Oh please, this has nothing to do with threats to the players. Show me on the video where the kid has a knife and is charging Chase Utley.

  5. Brian K Says:

    Penguin, the guy was resisting arrest. Do you really believe the police have a responsibility to allow people already engaged in illegally fleeing from them a chance to do something worse before they can take violent action? How the heck would they know if he had a knife or other weapon on him until he used it?

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