Tasers saving cops literally seconds during routine traffic stops
So I was mostly being sarcastic when I proposed cops should fire their tasers first in all situations.
This interesting video from the dash-cam (here) or (here) from last Thanksgiving shows an Austin cop doing exactly this. Eugene Snelling, 32, was driving 70mph in a 65mph zone and wasn't quick enough showing his license and registration.
I checked the tape -- 45 seconds from approaching the vehicle to taser deployment, because someone was speeding five miles over the speed limit.
For advocates of "reporting" cops to IA --
"After an investigation, the department’s Internal Affairs office saw no need for disciplinary action. But then-Acting Chief Cathy Ellison reviewed it and ordered a three-day suspension for O’Connor, who served it and then returned to duty." (Austin Statesman)
But it's ok. Ofr. O'Connor said it was because the stop was supposed to be quick, "very quickly".. And it wasn't going that way, so it's Taser Time (please Hammer, don't hurt 'em)
In a statement to internal affairs detectives, O'Connor said, "I saw it as a very simple thing, a very simple traffic violation that could have been taken very, care of very quickly, had he presented his driver's license and insurance. We could have both been on our way."
He said he pulled his Taser "because he was argumentative, and I thought I might have a problem" and that he fired the weapon, which delivers a shock of up to 50,000 volts, when Snelling appeared to "reach his hand up toward me." He said he was concerned that he could have been hurled into traffic.
O'Connor said he also had not eaten and has a medical condition that "makes you kind of edgy" without food.
Transcripts show that [Internal Affairs] investigators questioned O'Connor pointedly at times.
Detective Cara Boyd asked, "Were you intending to Tase him in the car if he didn't get out? I mean, what was your reason for pulling your Taser out?"
Later, she questioned why O'Connor fired at Snelling and challenged his fear about being shoved into traffic since he didn't move away from the highway after Snelling was on the ground.
But even after he told investigators that he wishes that he had slowed down during the exchange, the investigators concluded that O'Connor had acted appropriately by using his Taser "to gain control and compliance."
You know the kicker of it all? This cop was supposed to be on his way to an 2-hour prior 911 call. Sucks to be tailgaiting while black.
"Last Thanksgiving, O'Connor was heading toward a report of a 911 hang-up that had gone unanswered for two hours. That's when he told investigators he noticed Snelling's car "tailgating" him along MoPac." (Statesman)