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TASERS, like all tools, get used and misused. It takes no degree in Psychology to know that given a way to handle something with less effort, that way will become the primary way of handling it. Cops are not known to be the sharpest Crayolas in the box, but, a positive is that TASERS have saved people from being killed---what they were meant to do.
Since the two Wars the pickings for jurisdictions have dropped dramatically. Most have officially lowered their standards. Some dramatically. We have Excesssive-Body-Art Cops. We have Body-Pierced Cops. We have Cops who have Pot convictions. We have perjuring Cops. We have "Creative-Report-Writing" Cops. We have Cops who are Pathological Liars. Boston admitted that they refuse too-high-IQ applicants because they get bored and quit. Lower-quality mentalities have less difficulty with the no-stimulous-most-of-the-time job. Most who get on the force could not, in their wildest dreams, make the kind of money they make as a Cop.
One reason people want to be a Cop is low, self esteem (they can be "somebody"). Many become fat and that endangers citizens because the use of a TASER or firearm are the only ways they have of stopping a fleeing individual. They cannot chase them on foot (there are Cops who are morbidly obese and waddle).
Another set of factors in this esteem pathology are the Pumping-Iron types who, like the Fat-Asses, Body-Art, Body-Piercing and prevaricating genres, have blatant, self-image issues.
Many youngsters seek Law Enforcment for what seems the right reason, but few "good" ones stay after the realities of the profession set in. They are surrounded by lack of self esteem which creates arrogance which controls the working reality. Arrogance creates misbehavior. Misbehavior creates corruption. Corruption creates more corruption, ad infinitum.
The Ninth Circuit recently (in Bryan) decided that the misuses of TASERS have gone far enough. For at least the Western United States, the door has opened for civil suits to reduce jurisdiction's treasuries if their badged agents fail to use their heads before their TASERS. Guess what you can count on? More taxes to cover the payouts.
Remember a simple Fact: If there were Good Cops there could be no Bad Cops. Simple because the former would arrest the latter.
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