Taser use by police is on the rise. So is the number of assaults on police officers. And a visit to this blog on Fridays is a grim reminder of the number of officers who lose their lives each week. Are the assault on officers and Taser use incidents related? Possibly.
Sure, some Taser deployments aren’t necessary and that’s unfortunate. But keep in mind that officers have mere seconds to decide how to react to a suspect’s actions. Their split second decisions could mean life or death.
No one could possibly know what goes on in the mind of the officers making those decisions. We only see the dash cam or bystander videos, and that’s not the same thing as facing the danger at that particular moment. I can say from experience that what looks like a perfectly harmless situation to the public may be perceived as life-threatening to the officer.
A police officer’s job is not for the faint of heart. Believe me, when you pin on that badge it’s time to keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times because the ride from that moment on is rough.
I’m not defending or condemning the actions of anyone. But I will say that I’m not a fan of Taser use in every situation. I think there needs to be a tougher standard and better training. However, I’m all for everyone going home at the end of the day and if it takes a 50,000 volt blast of electricity to make that happen, then so be it. There are lots of little girls and boys out there who should never have to grow up without their mommy or daddy.
Now, there are use of force situations that don’t require split-second thinking and those are the incidents I normally hear about from you guys.
The question I receive more than any other regarding use of force is:
Do some officers overreact, resorting to a higher level of force than is justified for the situation at hand?
You be the judge. Is better training needed? Are officers faced with too much stress? Is the use of force used in these videos justified?
I’d like to hear your opinions on Taser use in law enforcement.
By the way, we’ll be discussing and demonstrating Tasers at the Writers Police Academy. You’ll actually see someone shot with a Taser. We’ll also be demonstrating pepper spray use. Yep, we really do have live volunteers who’ve agreed to be blasted so you can see the effects up close. You’ll never forget the sensations. There are sounds, sights, and smells that you’ll be anxious to transfer to paper. Personally, I can’t wait to read the books written after the authors graduate from our academy. Registration opens Monday and space is limited!