I'm quite interested in what you have to say -- "non-lethal" technology has obviously outpaced common sense. It has led to a sense of complacency in some law enforcement departments and sends the message that communication skills are unnecessary and that all civilians regardless of age, size, or mobility are considered life-threatening adversaries at the drop of a hat. What does the Obama administration, which has found itself thrust into the issue of racial profiling, have to say about the rampant abuse of Tasers on suspects -- and people accused of no crime at all -- around the country?That last bit is a good question that has a simple and depressing answer: the current administration will have little or nothing to say about tasers and police brutality. There will be no strong federal leadership working to restore civil rights in the US.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Seriously, Digby's great, but I really wish Pam's taser piece had hit Salon instead: