Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's TASER Travesty

"A police officer tasered a north Queensland [Australia] man up to 28 times because he believed the device, which emits a shock of 50,000 volts, did not cause pain, a coronial inquest has heard.

Senior Constable Craig Myles told the inquest into the death in custody of Antonio Galeano he used the Taser repeatedly because it was not having the desired effect on the 39-year-old."

"Constable" Myles apparently is also either an amnesiac or somehow has made it to adulthood without being able to make a reasonable estimate:

"The officer told the inquest he remembered using the Taser eight times against Mr Galeano but conceded it was possible he deployed it 28 times - as data recorded by the device suggested."

Maybe someone should TASER him 28 times in a row, as we imagine any lingering doubts about the device's ability to cause pain or the exact number of times he was shocked would be immediately removed from Myles's pea-sized brain.

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