Today in Tasering: 16-year-old with a broken back edition
[Bonjour, mon general! --lambert]
An imminent threat
So, yesterday morning, a 16-year-old boy in Ozark, Missouri fell off a 30-foot I-65 overpass for unknown reasons. When the police arrived on the scene, they
promptly administered first aid Tased him 19 times because he wouldn't "comply" with their orders to stand up. (Thank god for Tasers, otherwise they'd have had to put him down like a broken racehorse, eh?)
Mace ended up in intensive care at a hospital. His parents believe the actions of Ozark police officers contributed to his injuries and slowed doctors’ abilities to speed his recovery.
The official explanation:
“He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he's also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers,” said Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset.
Yeah, I'm sure that's exactly what he said after falling off a fucking bridge. They must have felt very threatened indeed by a possibly-paraplegic child. No word on whether he announced to the world that he was high on crack and PCP yet.
I don't even know what to say anymore. It really is a gaslight scenario. I wish I could at least attribute this to racism or something, but it appears these cops are bona fide sociopaths. Subliminal Stanley Milgram: No, they're not! Subliminal me: Harumph...
I can't say I'll be surprised with they start Tasing motorcycle crash victims. We Are All Violently High On Crack And PCP Now.
He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him.
Anyone catch that curious bit of subordination there? "Refusal to comply" is now grounds for the use of force when there hasn't been so much as a citation issued?
Can somebody explain to me how, logically, this doesn't allow a cop to Tase someone for not stepping aside on a crowded sidewalk if he asks? In all honesty, I don't see any difference. It will happen, sooner rather than later.
P.S. Is there a Guinness world record for consecutive Tasings yet?