A white ex-police officer has been sentenced to the minimum possible jail term of two years for shooting dead an unarmed black man in California. Johannes Mehserle was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in what was seen as one of the most racially divisive US trials in recent years. ... [LINK]
The taser angle to this story is that Mehserle claimed that he intended to give Oscar Grant an unjustifiable taser-torture session [he didn't use those exact words...] and that he mistook his gun for a taser.
If you think about it for a while, this excuse opens up many disturbing questions about tasers and their place in society (as an instrument of torture).
Although the punishment doesn't fit the crime, his life is still well and truly shattered.