When police in Glenrock, Wyoming decided that it was a brilliant plan to taser 76-year-old Bud Grose because he wanted to drive his antique tractor just a bit further than they wanted him too, they absolutely outraged many members of their community. These outraged folks are not criminals, not drug addicts, not people with mental health issues. Good, honest, hard-working, normal folks. Voters. [LINK]
Gee, do ya think? Honestly, if anyone is surprised that many normal folks would be incadescent with rage at the sight of local police electro-torturing an elderly man over such a trivial incident as driving his antique tractor a bit further down the road, then those surprised people need to get a brain and have it installed. This is common sense.
Local decision makers everywhere need to consider the "optics" of what their police officers have been trained is Standard Operating Procedure for their over-reliance on tasers. A bad taser use policy can absolutely positively result in local leaders being unelected at the next election.
If anyone needs guidance on what might be something approaching a reasonable taser use policy, review the conclusions and recommendations of the Canadian Braidwood Inquiry. This review cost about $3.7M and is available on the web for the benefit of all.
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