Friday, September 10, 2010

Today's TASER Travesty

"NORTH BELLE VERNON, Pa. — Police had to use a stun gun on a Pittsburgh-area man whose house was on fire because they say the man was endangering himself trying to battle the blaze with a garden hose."

Sounds eerily reminiscent of "We had to destroy the village in order to save it", doesn't it?

The homeowner, Damon Baker, was frantically trying to save his many reptiles from being consumed by the flames.  He saved five; six more didn't make it because the cops forced him to stop his efforts by shocking him senseless.

Yep, that sure is a legitimate use of a "less than lethal" self defense weapon right there.  Not.  Maybe the cops could have grabbed some buckets or a neighbor's hose if they really wanted to help Mr. Baker, instead of arrogantly deciding to assert their putative authority over him and his selfless actions.

When one comes right down to it it's Baker's pets, house, property and, ultimately, his life.  If he wants to risk it by wading in with a garden hose that's his business and no one else's. 

"Police say no charges will be filed against Baker."

Of course there won't be any charges, because he committed no crime.  We're sure being let off without penalty is of pretty small comfort to him right now, though, especially as he grieves the senseless loss of his pets.

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