Thank you, Quazi!
EDIT: Respect is a two way street. If an officer is respectful towards me and when I ask "why am I being detained" and they give me the answer, then I will respect the office.
If however, in this instance, the officer repeatedly (allegedly) did not let the man know why he is being detained, the officer showed no respect so no respect should have been given to the officer.
Last edited by TheNextEra; 02-01-12 at 10:29 AM.
I'm the first to criticize officers who abuse or misuse their authority, but I'm just not seeing it in this incident. The guy was walking his dogs off leash which is against the law. The ranger approached him about that violation. I'm guessing she asked his name and was intending on giving him a citation. To which he responded with what was probably an obviously false name and tried to walk away. The ranger told him to stop, he refused and she tazed him. The reason he was being detained is obvious he broke the law twice - walking his dogs off leash and then giving a false name. And then a third time when he tried to leave.
We have laws and those laws must be enforced. Notice how the word force is in there, all laws are ultimately backed up by the threat of force. People here are saying it was wrong to taze him just for walking his dogs off leash, and if it went down like "Hey you're walking your dogs off leash, you can't do that anymore. Now eat tazer, bitch!" then I would agree. But he chose to escalate what was probably essentially a parking ticket into something much more serious. He didn't get tazed for walking dogs off leash. That was just the inciting incident for this little scene. He gave an officer a false name and then tried to leave. Was she supposed to say screw it, and let him walk away? And as for wrestling him to the ground, that's far more likely to injury the officer or the perp. How many of you would be calling for blood if she inadvertantly broke his arm in the scuffle? Tazers are a safer way for both the officer and the subject to subdue a subject who refuses to comply. They hurt like hell, but they rarely do any lasting damage.
Last edited by Psychoclown; 02-01-12 at 10:59 AM.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
Bottom line, if you want respect you damn well better give it. Don't like it, tough.