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Theodore A. Hoppe

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The Criminal Misuse of Tasers by the Pollice

Incidents such as this are becoming more frequent:

"After wandering away from a Montana veterans home, 77-year-old Korean War Veteran Stanley L. Downen, who suffered from severe Alzheimer’s, fell and hit his face on the pavement after being tasered by police, resulting in his death three weeks later, according to a lawsuit filed by Downen's granddaughter."

http://www.examiner.com/article/taser-death-of-77-year-old-veteran-with-alzheimer-s-prompts-lawsuit

As the article indicates there are other stories of this nature.

"Other incidents of extreme overreaction and police abuse with tasers like Downen's have been seen across the country. Last year, A Chicago woman who was 8-months pregnant was tasered by police over a parking violation. Police in New Mexico tasered a 10-year-old boy after he allegedly refused to wash an officer’s patrol car. A 50-year-old Texas man who was having a seizure was tasered by police, causing a heart attack and permanent brain damage."

Vermont is currently holding hearings regarding a statewide policy on taser use by the police and state police. Legislators saw a need for such a law after an individual with a history of mental illness died after being tased by the state police.

What are your thoughts? Is the use of tasers by the police against vulnerable populations a growing concern? Do police overreact or escalate a situation? How could situations be handled better?

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    Apr 17 2013: In CANADA we tasered a mildly handicapped person to death at the airport. AS an ex ARMY person and a person who worked with the military police for a month((after I got into trouble on base)I got to work with police and of course snooped around,mainly due to the fact I was in no official capacity and had little to do in the "shack" So I slowly was told and observed a division of theory among team members...some would be vicious...others followed protocol...but no one would tell on the extremists...because its a team...loyalty to teams is taught in kindergarden..try to break that philosophy) So if there is a maniac on the force which I can personally vouch there is...no one is able to say anything...Plus if anyone was present say at illegal activity is occuring..they would have to tell on themselves...not going to happen. This group are not trained to be wiser then anyone else in or society,experience more crime then we do...plus we arm them while still fully connected to their fight or flight behaviour...most of us unfortunately would be alot like them given the situation...SO why do ethical moral people not enter into law enforcement? Where are all the just people currently employed and at what salary? Politics,law? Banking? Untill mankind learns to stay calm during stress this vioence will always occur...untill then..YES legislate the force

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