A police officer must judge the threat offered by a civilian. This case indicates that citizens are at risk.
The use of Tasers is increasing. Because they do not usually threaten the lives of the citizens, the police use them more often.
The victim in this case woke up in a hospital.
She had been disoriented after taking an over-the-counter cold remedy. She sideswiped a police car. She admits this. She got out of her car, and the policeman used the Taser on her. Twice. Maybe three times.
The Stow Police “Use of Force Committee,” which is made up of three Stow police officers, reviewed the incident, and ruled that the officers’ use of the Taser was within department guidelines.
The committee concluded that Chelsea Garrett was “unresponsive to police commands,” and stated that “if an officer perceives a threat through the totality of circumstances, he does not have to wait until he is harmed to deploy the Taser.”
She has sued the police.
Law-enforcement should be based on fitting the punishment to the crime. This includes the use of force. Excessive force is illegitimate.
As the United States moves in the direction of bureaucratic control, citizens should understand that greater force is likely. The way to fight back is in the courts.
Any attempt to resort to private force will backfire. Video recordings and lawsuits are the best means of defense.