Friday, May 07, 2010
A golf fan was Tasered today at The Players Championship at Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida. I've never really thought of golf tournaments as part of a genre of sporting events where spectators get that rowdy or nasty, but then again, there is the Monica Seles episode some years ago at a tennis match.
A different fact set than the incident at the Phillies game earlier this week, with a much more combative man in this case, but the same non-lethal tool (with reported lethal side effects) was used. Sorry, no video yet.
In your poll on the Phillies fan, I voted for 'they should have tackled him'. I am wondering if there is some sadistic satisfaction gained in tasering people? It seems to me to be an excessive use of force in many cases.
Having said that, if it was an announced policy that disrupting an athletic event would result in the perpetrator being tasered, would that deter future miscreants?
Q: "if it was an announced policy that disrupting an athletic event would result in the perpetrator being tasered, would that deter future miscreants?"
A: Most probably not. A MIB quote fits best here "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals..." Most probably the only use of force that would discourage that brand of idiocy would be Soviet Style, and we certainly don't need that at baseball games.
The most effective tool to be used against this brand of stupid is the same tool that I advocate using against idiots that picket with offensive signs: Media Apathy. If the Media had a scrap of common sense or dignity (yeah, I know) they would switch cameras to somewhere else or hit a commercial while waiting for the idiot to get carted off, and then pick up like nothing happened.
Interesting that any electric stun device is now being called a Taser. In this particular case the police used a "stun gun" which is more a jabbing device than a gun.
I wonder how many people get injured wrestling with cops every year (cops included). Stunning a someone putting up a fight to being escorted away seems like a pretty reasonable use of force to me.
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