Training officer says using taser on handcuffed prisoners not always wrong [LINK]
Officer Peters is a taser training officer. "You are using the taser to gain and maintain control," says Officer Peters.
This statement might seem to be reasonable, but it actually subtly wrong on multiple levels.
- With the incident in Lansing [LINK], it is not likely that the officer would have been handed a two week suspension if tasering the handcuffed subject could be justified.
- Even if the subject is still struggling in handcuffs, is the taser then still the best option? Any consideration given to the subject making a face-plant into the concrete?
- Officer Peters shouldn't make these sorts of statements that might, perhaps, be applicable to the 0.1% of incidents without including very strong disclaimers noting that tasering subjects that are already handcuffed, for purposes of perverse street level 'justice', is not only wrong, it's also illegal.
Officer Peter's statement is "correct", but only perhaps 0.1% of the time (a generous guesstimate). That makes his sound-bite statement nothing more than a toss-away red herring that adds nothing to our understanding of the incident in Lansing. It contributes nothing except distraction.
Mark it down as "defending his Faith", in the Church of Taser.