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Innocent Yoga Instructor argues with cop, gets tasered for being uppity

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DAYTONA BEACH—Can running your mouth off at a police officer during a confrontation in a crowded store get you blasted with a Taser?

It happened last month when a Daytona Beach police officer stunned a yoga instructor. The officer used her Tase when the teacher refused to pipe down inside the Best Buy store on West International Speedway Boulevard.

I think a Christmas Miracle is about to occur ... I think I’m going to agree with the ACLU when they weigh in on this one.

Some human rights and civil liberties experts say a Taser, and the 50,000 volts its twin projectile probes deliver, should never be used in a situation like that. But Daytona Beach’s police chief said the verbal lashing his officer got and the way her commands were ignored gave his officer every right to use her weapon.

Is that right? So the next time a cop yells at me it’s Ok for me to pull a gun and shoot him? Ok, just in the lower leg? Non-lethal wounding and all that.

Law enforcement advocates counter that stun guns are safe, essential tools that save officer lives and protect the public.

Sure, except when they kill people. I’d call them “mostly non-lethal force”. Funny how the cops got by for 150 years before these things came along.

In a report police are required to prepare after deploying their Tasers, Officer Claudia Wright said she used her weapon on Beeland because the woman was “verbally profane, abusive, loud and irate.”

Gosh, why didn’t the cop just shoot her in the head 19 times? That would have shut her up too ya know. I bet it’s the same form to fill out either way, so what’s the difference?

According to an American Civil Liberties Union representative in Orlando, yelling at a police officer and even cussing one out is constitutionally protected speech. And both the ACLU and Amnesty International USA say this incident likely could have been handled differently, adding that Taser use has become too casual and too common among police officers.

Yup, I agree with the ACLU. IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!! We’ve overmilitarized the police departments, given them way too much power, and now they’re getting far too high handed for their own good. “To Serve And Protect” not “To Order You Around and Tase You When We Feel Like It”.

Police Department policy states an officer can deploy his or her Taser “for the purpose of subduing a violent, non-compliant or combative subject.”

Another section titled “Use of Force,” says the Taser may be deployed when an officer believes the person presents a threat to the officer or to others “in the event that lesser force options are ineffective.” The Taser also should be deployed to prevent the escape of a “criminal suspect,” and when a “subject actively resists arrest or detention by violence or threat of violence.”

Beeland, although not compliant, was not acting violently, according to the officer’s report.

So tase her anyway, WTF, cuz Da Man gots the Power!!

Taser use has become so commonplace, Katon said, that officers no longer employ other training tactics they’ve learned to subdue people.

“I certainly don’t want to see an officer get hurt, but a cop should have enough training to be able to use something other than a Taser to calm someone down,” Katon said.

Jason Disterhoft, a human rights campaigner with Amnesty International USA, said a Tase should be used when lethal force is the only alternative, “not just when somebody refuses to comply with an order.

“The force used should be proportionate with the threat posed,” Disterhoft said.

So getting yelled at requires a response of semi-electrocution. Better not cut a cop off in traffic; they’d come burn down your house and shoot your dog. What a crock.

Resist the Power, man, Resist the Power!

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This ends Drew’s hippie channeling episode of the day. We now return you to our regular schedule of bloodthirsty VRWC Conservatism.

UPDATE

After reading the comments, I think we should play ”You make the call”. Here’s the video. I don’t get any sound on it. Looks to me like the woman is backing up and away from the cop for a total of at least 30 feet. Does that make it any different? Should we be playing the reverse race card? Would a male cop have acted the same way?





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