September 25, 2008
Oh, Taser. How you kill.
In an instructional manual for Taser use. This picture seems like an example of what not to do. Don't Taser naked men standing on ledges.
But it's not that simple. Here's story in The Daily News . The police were tying themselves to the fire escape to try and grab the guy. The guy takes a large fluorescent bulb and starts hitting and pokingthe officers. I think you gotta Tas him and take the chances he dies. I think you could shoot him in this case. But at least using the Taser gives him some chance to live.
But I will note, because I'm generally against the use of Tasers, that this is at least the second man in New York to die after being Tased is the past few years. Tasers can be lethal and should be thought of as potentially lethal force.