"...the judges established legally binding standards about where tasers fall on the spectrum of force available to police officers, and laid out clear guidelines for when an officer should be allowed to use the weapon. The judges, for example, said tasers should be considered a more serious use of force than pepper spray -- a distinction that runs counter to policies used by most law enforcement agencies in California and elsewhere..." [LINK]
Because the frequency of use of force is shaped like a pyramid (at least it should be), moving up the spectrum should have the effect of reining-in much of the overuse. And this should, in an ideal world, also reduce the misuse and abuse.
By any standard, this decision is a huge step in the right direction.
The only people that would be upset by this ruling are TASR shareholders, management, minions, and of course the extreme right wing, "law and order" (sic) nut jobs that frequent the comment boards.
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