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It's Taser Tuesday!

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I try to avoid rants here, but some of the cavalier responses to the recent taser stories have made me feel like I need to go above and beyond a simple comment. Accusations were made that the agonized screams of people being tasered were just the person being "dramatic". One commentor actually said, "Torture?" LOL! LOL? Are you kidding me? Try getting tasered LOL!

Of the three recent incidents, there is not a single clear video. The 15-year-old with autism was not caught on tape, the swarm of security at the John Kerry incident made the tasering difficult to see. The UCLA incident was off-camera, and only his screams are heard. So lets take a closer look at tasering before we decide either way, shall we?

"Necessary force" is used because of a danger to the officer, the person's self or others. On the many YouTube videos I watched, it seems like a severe case of mouthiness is what buys you the jolt. The woman in the above video is so calm, the cop does not even need to "eject" the tasers at her. He gently places them on her body. She asks suspiciously, "What are you putting on my body?" When he doesn't explain, she begins to panic. He suddenly grabs her, which frightens her, giving him reason to use the taser. The way he preps her so calmly, the way he chants, "Danger, danger, deploy!" really makes it look like they had a new toy they wanted to play with. Plus, he breaks the cardinal rule of bringing someone down, which is making sure the area is clear. This woman slams headfirst into a chair while handcuffed. He says sarcastically, " I can hear you BREATHING, Christine." Yeah, what a big faker she is!

Some actual facts and more videos after the jump!