RougueRegime sent me a link to this story in which a legless man in a wheelchair was tasered.
This tasering could very easily have been "by the books." And that's what bothers me. The man didn't comply. He got tased. The taser should be banned as a compliance device (except perhaps in situations where an officer is alone and backup is unavailable). And maybe it takes an unarmed legless man to make this point.
This man, who may or may not have hit his wife (Let's assume he did. Since cops went to arrest him, it's a fair assumption that his wife had obvious signs of injury).
There is no reason an unarmed legless man should ever be tasered.
Arresting and searching a man in a wheelchair is not something any officer looks forward to. There was once a drug dealer who used roll around Wolfe St. in a wheelchair. Cops generally refused to go near him, for fear of a harassment complaint from a handicapped black man. They don't teach wheelchair arrests or search-incident-to-wheelchair arrests in the police academy.
So here's a domestic violence situation where, thanks to ineffectual mandatory arrest laws for domestic violence, and officer is required to arrest a legless man in a wheelchair.
What would I do? Key up my radio and get my sergeant. And then I would ask him what to do and how to do it. It's called passing the buck. For the patrol officer, it's about the only good thing to come out of the police chain-of-command structure.
And if worst came to worst, instead of tasering him, couldn't you just wheel guy away?