A total of 52 officers responded to the scene of a car crash. The driver was a diabetic architect who had suffered an attack: diaberic shock.
He was pepper sprayed, then clubbed, and finally tasered to death in front of his wife.
You might think it would take only 40 officers to subdue him. Possibly 30 would have sufficed. But this is Baltimore County. The threat to life and limb of officers is just too great. It took 52 of them.
Civil libertarians might think that this was a case of overkill — literally. But they do not live in Baltimore County, where the life of a highway patrolman is living hell, what with diabetics driving around loose.
These are savage times. Savage times call for strong measures.
If they had known the couple was returning from a Bible study, 70 or 80 would have responded. This kind of threat must not be taken lightly.
In earlier, more innocent days, the first trooper to arrive would have taken the man to a hospital. But that was then. This is now. First, start with pepper sprtay when he rolls down the car window. If he gets out of the car club him. Is he refuses to get back into the car, it’s taser time. That will do the trick. Usually.
If not, do it again until he stops moving.
The widow is suing the police department, which defenders of Maryland’s finest regard as a lack of gratitude for keeping the streets of Baltimore County safe.
For all we know, she is making this up.
A jury will decide.
Juries are good things. They restore authority to citizens.