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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 18 2013: I am not aware of any existing empirical research on the criminal misuse of TASERs by police officers.
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      Apr 18 2013: Hi Ted,

      To my knowledge there is only one empirical study on police in existence.

      My sense is that the untested abuse in the USA and other western countries is a piece with the empty cities in China.

      It is a function of timespan .. or more critically - patience.

      Back in the 90's it was clear that social justice in the west could only be achieved by encouraging a middle class in China. Steps were taken to ensure just that. But those seeking western social justice were not cognisant of the timespans recognised in China.

      The disintegration of social justice in western countries is part of the long term inversion going on which is designed to fill all those middle class cities in China.

      This is good - our obesity crisis will be solved as the income balance is inverted and the Chinese cities fill.

      My early warning is a recent cost study for my product - It can now be done in China for the same retail unit price which I charge .. except for the critical subjective skill I with-held. The Chinese factory will get my endorsement for no royalty the instant they demonstrate that they have gained that skill.
      Pakistan and India failed.

      We will see. I have been at pains to maintain friendships. Have you?

      The maturity of the new great wall is not far off - China already owns the USA, and all that remains is the transference of military potential - this happens a lot quicker in China than in the west.

      This is the result of trusting our interests to corporations - they go where the power is and have no recognition of people. We have done exceedingly well in our new bastard child.
      Unfortunately, he has gone to work for another.

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