Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More Brave Police Work

How did our boys in blue ever deal with the menace of the elderly before tasers:
WALNUT HILLS - Police said they had to shock a 67-year-old woman with a Taser stun gun this morning to take her into custody after she led them on a traffic pursuit from western Hamilton County to Cincinnati's East Side.

Charlotte Franklin of Fairfield was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with police, said Springfield Township Police Lt. Rick Bley.

She was taken into custody just before 9 a.m. and delivered to the county jail, where she was processed and released by 12:30 p.m. due to overcrowding. She was told to return for court Wednesday morning. ...

She finally stopped in an apartment building parking lot in the 2300 block of Kemper Road, reports state.

She immediately got out of her vehicle and refused to acknowledge the officer's commands. She was clenching her fists and was "yelling and screaming," Bley said.

Knowing she has a history a fleeing police, resisting arrest and assault, officers felt they had no choice but use a Taser, he said.

I'm surprised the cops didn't cite an "aggressive stance" in their reasons for tasing the 67-year-old. If she really had been violent or potentially dangerous, does anyone really think that she would having been charged with such light offenses or released within three hours of being taken into custody?

Please spare me the one about how I've never had to deal with a violent elderly person. It's weaker than the one (or here) about the frightening 14-year-old who needed to be tased.