Man arrrested after stun gun fails - West Columbia patrol officer Rene Silva was checking out a dilapidated travel trailer reported as an abandoned vehicle about 1 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of West Brazos. A 64-year-old man who pulled into the parking lot told Silva he owned the travel trailer... “He became very irate,” Silva said. ...“Once he got his hand on the screwdriver, I deployed the taser,” Silva said. When the stun gun didn’t work, Silva said he pulled out his baton and the man finally complied. The officer did not use the baton. ... [LINK]
Note that the baton worked just fine, even though it was not actually used to hit anyone.
With so many repors of tasers failing to work, or failing to be effective, the display of a taser is going to become a bit of a joke. The belligerent suspects are going stare back at the taser-wielding officer and ask, "Are you feeling lucky...?"
I wonder if this police department has been made aware of the findings of the CBC investigation that found that about ten percent of all tasers did not meet their specification?
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