OH MY GOD! POLICE TASER VIDEOS!

THIS MAKES ME SO ANGRY! HOW CAN ANYONE SUPPORT THIS TACTIC?!?! INSTEAD OF TRAINING OFFICERS TO BE CLICKAHOLIC COMMANDERS WE SHOULD BE SENDING THEM BACK TO POLICE ACADEMY (ONLY REQUIRED ONCE IN THEIR CAREER) TO RE-TRAIN ON HOW TO BE A REAL POLICE OFFICER!!!!! THEY’RE TURNING INTO LAME DUCKS WITH NON-LETHAL WEAPONS!!

WANT TO SEE WHAT REALLY GOES DOWN WHEN SOMEONE IS GETTING TASERED? WANT TO HEAR A COP SAY “I SWEAR I’LL BREAK YOUR FUCKING NECK IF YOU DON’T STOP”? THEN CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW WHERE THE AMAZING PEOPLE AT CHRON.COM HAVE COMPILED SOME POLICE TASER VIDEOS. PREPARE TO BE STUNNED! OH YEAH, ALSO NOTICE THE REDNECKISH HOOTING & HOLLERING DURING THE “TRAINING” VIDEO.

http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/special/07/taservids/

HEY SUPPORTERS OF THIS TECHNOLOGY: TIME TO SPEAK UP AND PROVE TO US THAT THIS IS A LEGITIMATE POLICE TACTIC.

12 Comments so far

  1. Jon (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    I think you may have left activated the ‘Caps Lock’ key on your keyboard. If some candy or other snack lodged in the keyboard that is keeping the shift key depressed, please clean it out.


  2. Morton Hurley (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

    Dude… you need to settle down and stop yelling.


  3. Deon (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Settle down, and please stop posting reactionary garbage.


  4. katya (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 8:28 am

    Whoooo…. yah, that is a lot of yelling. I didn’t actually realize that cops never go back for more training at the academy. They don’t even have refresher courses like teachers and other professionals do? That’s so bunk…


  5. Paul (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    Cops do have refresher training all the time. Of course if tax payers want to pay even more to have them go through the acadamy periodically I’m sure they would. I love it when people bitch and want more and more but then are not willing to foot the bill. Maybe we should send all the government accountants back to college every once in awhile at the tax payers expense too.


  6. Derek Shumate (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    Katya, give me a break. So by this logic you’d believe the people voted for and agreed to pay for funding of thousands of surveillance cameras and tasers? Thousands in graffiti buffing? I never heard of a public meeting on these issues… I never agreed to pay for these things…

    So I have no right to demand better services from our cops even though they’re SUPPOSE to serve the people? Go read.

    Morton, You can choose to ignore anything I post and it wouldn’t bother me a bit. Obviously you’re intrigued if you’re posting a comment. Oh, not to mention that your comment itself is ‘reactionary garbage’.

    LISTEN UP PEOPLE:

    I’m not going to spoon feed you all anything. I’m not going to cower in fear of email threats. I’m here to talk about issues and events that affect Houstonians in a way to get you thinking about change. Don’t like it, then ignore it and don’t acknowledge anything I say. It’s that easy. If you feel strong about your belief then put it into action. I’m not leaving until I’m banned because I’m tired of the mainstream media not doing their job. Blogospheres are the voice of the people.


  7. katya (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    I wasn’t actually the one that said that, but yeah – I actually do believe that people agreed to pay for that stuff… at least with their votes and ridiculous inaction.

    One of the tricky parts about getting people riled up enough to actually do something is educating the public. Obviously the MSM isn’t doing this and you are bringing up (apparently) touchy topics – so, moving towards the positive, what do you suggest we do?

    Personally, I like someone stirring up a little controversy – so good job. It’s just the all-caps/yelling I don’t dig. But maybe that’s controversial too right??


  8. Julie (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    Tasers were designed to stop violent perpetrators in a non-lethal manner. It’s true; tasers hurt like hell for a minute and drop people in their tracks. (Not sure about HPD, but Harris County Taser Certification training asks each officer to be “tasered”, so that they can experience first-hand both the pain and the debilitating effects of the taser.) Regarding the yelling and confusion in the video, my guess is the officer is trying to intimidate the perpetrator into submission before having to use the taser. It could also be the perpetrator yelling with pain after being tasered. I’m not sure what your perception is about this job, but try to understand, violent perpetrators are not stopped by a slap on the wrist and polite chit-chat. And perpetrators under the influence of certain drugs can have almost superhuman strength and stamina. These are not jaywalkers we’re talking about. The taser is a good tool. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of giving those to whom we have assigned the task of protecting the public the right tools to do so when those tools become available.

    Regarding ongoing training, the Police Academy is the initial training for new recruits. After graduating from the Academy, officers are required to complete training on an ongoing annual basis on such topics as Building Search, Crime Scene Investigation, Gang Tactics and Weapons, Street Survival, Child Abuse/Sexual Assault, Building Entry, Identity Theft, White Collar Crime, Rapid Response to Active Shooter, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Blood Splatter Techniques, Interviewing Techniques, etc. The list goes on and on and changes with the times. My husband is a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, and besides his 23 years of experience as a Peace Officer, he has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, is Master Peace Officer Certified, TCLEOSE Certified, and has more than 957 ongoing course hours under his belt. Besides all this, officers also have to “qualify” every year to maintain their positions. I’m curious as to what kind of additional training you feel should be required to be a “real police officer”?


  9. Shamrock (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

    Please, no more caps. Obnoxious.


  10. Chris Doelle (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 8:10 am

    Easy on the CAPS. I probably would have read your story and had some passionate comment, but reading ALL CAPS sucks.


  11. micah (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    So I usually enjoy my Metroblogging feeds, but thanks to your last two posts Derek, I’m unsubscribing immediately and sticking to The Houstonist for all things Houston.

    Just for for the record, it has nothing to do with the subject matter – just your obnoxious writing.

    Maybe it’d be best if you stuck to the art…


  12. Derek Shumate (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    Wow! This is incredible! It’s so mind-boggling to see such a fuss over a paragraph in all caps. With all of the insane evil swirling around us and destroying our way of life I can’t believe that the one thing that gets people so upset to the point where they’re ready to take action is a blog post in all caps. How could anyone in their right mind complain about this aspect of the post and not give a damn about the content? I’m totally disillusioned here!

    I’m going to let this ride out a little bit more before I respond to all this hot air above me.



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