Sat
Jan 30 2016
09:03 am

I have begun to think of tasers as "electronic billy clubs". It's use in instances like this does not engender the trust we need to foster between law enforcement and the rest of the people. Perhaps no laws were broken by the police but could this have been avoided? There was absolutely zero evidence of a crime, but the cleaning woman did not react according to "policy" either. I don't think we should be trying to pin blame, but I do think that we should be examining "policy and law" and see if we can work toward something that serves people better than what we have now.

Two Collegedale, Tenn., police officers mistook a Guatemalan woman hired to clean Ooltewah Middle School for a burglar and used a Taser to stop her when she ran from them earlier this month, police records show.

Some experts say the officers used too much force when arresting the woman, while others say the men acted within policy and within the law that night

If these officers acted "within the law and within policy" I suggest we need a good open minded review of the law and policy. As it stands now a working woman became afraid of men with guns and was put in jail for evading arrest for a crime that wasn't happening.

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