Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More Taser Madness in Utah (two hot videos)

It's hard to keep track of all the tasering these days. Lately, a couple of YouTube examples from our own pretty, great state are making the rounds. One is a former BYU professor getting Tasered in court (because those five bailiffs couldn't possibly have restrained him without a Taser once they had his arms pinned behind his back).

This video reminds me of something that football coach/commentator John Madden said a few years back. In the midst of a Chiefs game, Madden lamented that NFL players these days "have forgotten how to tackle." Yeah. And bailiffs/cops seem to have forgotten how to handle confrontations without reaching for the voltage.

The other hot video is this one, in which a Utah Highway Patrolman tasers a guy who doesn't want to sign a speeding ticket until the officer tells him how fast he was going. The actual tasering is at 2:30, following this exchange: "Turn around and put your hands behind your back. Turn around." The guy scowls at the cop and says, "What the heck's wrong with you?" TAZE. (See the KSL story.)

The most telling part of the video: Afterward, when a colleague asks what happened, the officer lies, claiming that he warned the man, "Turn around right now or I'll Taser you." I figure it this way: If a cop thinks he has to lie to another cop, he knows he done wrong.

10 comments:

Misty Fowler said...

I'm absolutely sickened.

Anonymous said...

what happened to serve and protect?

AnnaMarie said...

I'm pregnant & have a smart, caring significant other just like this couple... its scary to think this kind of injustice could happen to anyone. Something has to be done with this pig

emtb911 said...

My husband is a police officer and I am also in law enforcement. My opinion is, protect yourself first, ask questions later. My husband has been shot at among other things and I want him to come home at night. It's a matter of lack of respect. If people would respect officers, there would not be as many of these problems. Many bring it on themselves....

Voice of Utah said...

emtb911, your comment sort of confirms what many of us suspect, which is that many police officers' actions are for "contempt of cop." I am a big law enforcement supporter, but I have also seen with my own eyes overreaction from police officers.

Yes, many, if not most, people do not respond well to being pulled over or challenged, but that is what cops should be trained to deal with. People don't behave themselves well in court, either, but judges have to put up with it. From this video, no real argument can be made that this trooper's life was in danger. Additionally, he could have treated the driver with respect, as you want the driver to treat him. He made no effort to do so. In other instances, yes, protect yourself. That just doesn't apply here.

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I don't but always have said that you have to protect yourself first, before you ask something later. and the videos are great, it's fine that somebody decide to share them with us.

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