“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
As deputies tried to handcuff Harris, Bates arrived with a pepper spray gun in hand. He warned his fellow deputies he was going to use a Taser on the suspect, but instead, he fired a single gunshot -- and immediately apologized, Clark said, citing a recently released video.
Is there another thread on this? This is a few days old.
Very sad but...the reserve deputy was 73 yrs old? Yowzaa. There's a reason that people are supposed to...even forced to...retire at a certain age.
Maybe they should reconsider the configuration of tasers to be so similar to guns. Are they all like that? I have seen some that arent but they werent police issue.
Another day, another one of these stories. Police aren't military. Suspects aren't enemy combatants. Can't people at least have the right to not be murdered before due process has occurred?
A working class hero is something to be
Never mind that the guy was a PCP-addled felon who endangered others by running from cops on a police chase.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
A taser is supposed to be considered lethal force, so theoretically the decision to use one should also allow the use of a firearm. It's not the mistake that was at fault here, it was the decision-making.
Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude.