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Tasering Taxpayers to Death in SalemTim King Salem-News.com
The bottom line is that the Salem Police adopted this dangerous, controversial practice knowing how serious of a threat the "taser" is to the people it is used against.
(SALEM) - FOX-12 showed video this week of a Salem Police officer confronting a skateboarder at the Salem Transit Mall, then shooting him with a taser in a way that seems extremely unnecessary. Police are being tight lipped about it, they admit an internal investigation was launched, so the police are policing the police....
FOX-12's Jamie Wilson says, "Salem officials tell us they can't talk about that because the details are part of their internal affairs investigation." It happened on 18 April 2014.
Salem Police know how dangerous the taser can be.
In fact they exemplified the dark side of the act once when one of their own senior supervisors was tased during training a number of years ago, falling and receiving a very serious head injury.
This happened with two police spotters in the room to catch the lieutenant as he fell from the taser shot. By their own admission, Salem Police can not control what happens to a person who is shot with a potentially deadly taser. In other words, tasering a person without necessity is putting their life at risk.
An article originally published by the Statesman Journal newspaper in 2003, later carried by PoliceOne.com, Oregon Officer Seriously Hurt in Taser Fall, provides chilling details of the injury:
The kicker? This quote, "Salem Police have been considering adding the Taser to their nonlethal arsenal for the past six months."
How bizarre it is to test a product, learn its serious danger, and then put it into use anyway? Either way the police aren't too worried, they have you, the taxpayer, to fund their police playground of torturous tasers.
Evolving, Avoidable Police Dilemma
Perhaps the police just rely on the fact that their officers are rarely if ever found to be in the wrong when they tase and shoot suspects. The bottom line is that the Salem Police adopted this dangerous, controversial practice knowing how serious of a threat the "taser" is to the people it is used against.
Obviously the police opt for that tool in Salem quickly, when they do not have to. To them it is a "toy in their arsenal".
In the older days of police work, officers were trained to use their physical strength and reasoning to resolve a situation. Of course in the old days officers were forced to think, today they just bully their suspects to the ground with electrical currents that could stop their beating heart.
Reinventing the Six Million Dollar Man
The Salem officer's injury is small change when compared to a 2009 incident when Salem cops tasered a man to death, over a "trespassing" charge. Suspect Dies After Being Tased During Arrest. That death led to a $6 million dollar lawsuit and guess who gets to pick up the tab for this sloppy police work? That's right, the Salem taxpayer does.
It isn't unique, quite sadly. Police all over the world kill suspects with tasers. I have written about it extensively, the cost of the amateurish use of tasers is astronomical.
An article by Salem-News.com writer Ralph Stone, a retired Federal Trade Commission attorney, titled: Tasers May Not Be As Safe As Advertised, states:
A 2010 WillametteLive.com article by Michelle Andujar, Tasers: a shocking use of force states:
These are just a sample of the horror stories that abound in American communities over police Taser abuse.
A responsible city would put an end to the practice.
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