"A California court stated in a 3-0 ruling that the tasers should only be used in times of extreme danger when the officer has fear of being harmed by the suspect. ..." [LINK]
I've written it before and it's worth mentioning again.
If a police officer is actually in danger, keyword ACTUALLY, then there's little moral hazard in him using any available response.
Unfortunately, some police have been incredibly badly trained. I've read news reports where they claimed that the subject's "clenched teeth" represented a threat, when in fact it more often is body language for simple frustration. Exact same thing applies to "clenched fists" at the end of rigidly straight arms => more likely it's simple frustration.
You only need to look at the many famous taser incidents on YouTube to see that tasers have been commonly used outside these (new) guidelines. From back talking speeders, to "Don't tase me bro", to 14-year-old little girls, to 82-year old men, to 10-year-old bath time reluctance, to grumpy old ladies, etc., etc., etc.
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