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Do you support the use of tasers by police to subdue uncooperative subjects?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
75% 735
No
 
17% 172
Not sure
 
6% 64
Total 971

Comments

4 years, 10 months ago

I believe tasers should only be used in place of deadly force. If you wouldn't use a gun to subdue a suspect, you shouldn't be using a taser, either. I think the question is more nuanced than yes or no.

whats_going_on 4 years, 10 months ago

I suppose it depends on how "uncooperative" they are. If the person poses NO harm to the police, themselves, or anyone else, than put the tasers away.

denak 4 years, 10 months ago

How can anyone really say "no?" What are the alternatives? Shooting the suspect? Hitting the suspect with a billy club? Wrestling him or her to the ground to cuff him. From what I understand, and correct me if I am wrong(I know you will), tazing someone leaves no lasting damage to the person. No bruises, no broken bones, no exit wounds, so if every other way has failed to subdue someone, then taze him or her.

Dena

mr_right_wing 4 years, 10 months ago

We are in agreement! How scary is that Dena!?

denak 4 years, 10 months ago

How is it torture??? Would you prefer the person to be shot? Or hit with a club? Or wrestled to the ground? Would that be better for the suspect's "undiagnosed" heart condition.

When is it ok not to cooperate with the police? If the person was so concerned with his health, perhaps he shouldn't be screaming at the police....or out boozing....or getting high.

Caper 4 years, 3 months ago

Let me get something straight denak. If your saying tasers don't kill people then you sir are sadly mistake! So either knew that or you just don't care, Let's say the suspect spoke up for himself then ZAP he's tased for having freedom of speech then the suspect dies.

So gun or taser it don't matter which one the suspect gets it good anyway! And i do not support cops using them they are now using em on suspects who backtalk them now,

50YearResident 4 years, 10 months ago

I am siding with denak here. If someone has a "medical problem" they shouldn't be causing trouble.

laangelitalokita 4 years, 10 months ago

People don't seem to realize that the chance of injury to a suspect or the police officer is higher if the officer uses their hands than if they use the taser...what's the issue?

independant1 4 years, 10 months ago

Just like the new and improved KU Football team, we should recruit alter boys for police officers.

yankeevet 4 years, 10 months ago

yes; i support the use of tazers....................Dont taze me bro!!!! zap!!!!

grammaddy 4 years, 10 months ago

I wish we'd had them years ago. The Sevier case comes to mind.

jonas_opines 4 years, 10 months ago

Hmmm, my first not-sure vote, I believe.

Tasers are fine when officers are properly trained. Give them tasers as a harmless instant-compliance device and they're certain to be abused.

gogoplata 4 years, 10 months ago

I don't trust police with using tasers on "uncooperative subjects". Last I checked police deal mostly with citizens not subjects. I have no problem with using them on unarmed violent suspects. There are way too many instances of trigger happy king$&*t cops using tasers on people.

pfunk81 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm shocked as to how many people voted yes.

gogoplata 4 years, 10 months ago

Dirty Harry shot criminals with his .44 mag in those movies. Not uncooperative citizens.

It is time for freedom loving citizens to start pushing back against this crap.

Newell_Post 4 years, 10 months ago

Where's Marion when we really need him to opine on this matter?

Sigma 4 years, 10 months ago

I think the real question is do you trust that police officers use proper judgment in their use of tasers all of the time, or are there too many questionable instances of mis-use?

Shane Garrett 4 years, 10 months ago

I just think it is cool to watch people thrashing around on the ground while being hit with some voltage. It makes for great U-tube watching. Can a police officer trained both in the use of deadly force and how to apply a choke hold; mis-use a taser? Naw, roudy cuzins deserve a good free electro shock treatment. whoop, whoop!

gogoplata 4 years, 10 months ago

I think its cool when people live and let live, treat others with respect, things like that.

pace 4 years, 10 months ago

I support taser use but only if the police have justification, not to just get a kid's attention, no attitude adjustment crap like some police forces have used it for.

Eugehne Normandin 4 years, 10 months ago

Are people with medical conditions exempt from obeying the law? maybe a Don"t tase me bro medical bracelet would help.

purplesage 4 years, 10 months ago

This started off with some pretty responsible comments - and degenerated quickly. Tasers are dangerous weapons, not as likely to cause lasting injury or death as a gun, obviously, but still they pose a hazard.

Why is it that police are always pointing something at the citizenry? Fingers, radar guns, taser guns, firearms?

The tragic situation at Goodyear, which just went through the courts, should be evidence enough to point out the rush to judgment on part of some police officers and the potential of unintended deadly consequence. The man was uncooperative, not because he was out to cause trouble, but because he was sick. I've seen it in other cases, too. Dehydration, injury, oxygen deprivation - a wide variety of diseases (diabetes, e.g.) can all create confusion.

The remarkable thing is that the reviews always conclude the police "did nothing wrong".

BallHawk 4 years, 10 months ago

I am for responsible taser use by law enforcement. You can't put the situational misuse/abuse of tasers by a few irresponsible officers as the reason to not use tasers. Their job requires split-second decisions that are mulled over for months by attorneys that have that leisure...I figure their job is hard enough without taking useful non-lethal tools from them. That said...the public certainly needs to be insured these Officer's are held to the highest standards in all they do.

jaywalker 4 years, 10 months ago

To the question: damn skippy I'm for it.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 10 months ago

Just in case no one else mentioned it; I've talked to an (insane?) reporter who volunteered to be tased (one of those contact tasers, not the lead & barb kind). He said it's like a really bad leg cramp ("charlie horse") but in every single muscle of your body. (I've heard of reporters who have volunteered to be water-boarded as well.....very strage lot of people!)

Paula Kissinger 4 years, 10 months ago

Police officers are not clairvoyant. They do not know every person in the city of Lawrence. A lot of times mentally ill people act like those on drugs or drunks or just act beligerent. A taser is much better than having yourself (officer) injured or others injured by such a subject. It certainly is a better option than deadly force. Police officers carry firearms that they have been trained with...tasers fall into the same category.

There are always a ton of people posting on these boards who will ridicule the police no matter what happens. These people should try being a police officer for a day and see how much fun it is to have to take verbal assault from the general public and be subjected to physical assault from which the officers are not supposed to take the action personally, unless severe, and attempt to rectify the situation. If the majority of police officers were the type of individuals that you second-guessers think they are, you would not be posting your idiotic comments here. You would have been pulled over while driving for no reason, harassed, had the snot beaten out of you and hauled off to the penal Holiday Inn east.

In my opinion, tasers, properly used, are great law enforcement tools...period.

Kevin Haislip 4 years, 10 months ago

no my nephew was murdered by rouge cops in texas. tasers are often used by officers who lack people skills.

Kevin Haislip 4 years, 10 months ago

no my nephew was murdered by rouge cops in texas. tasers are often used by officers who lack people skills.

pace 4 years, 10 months ago

We need to have an independent citizens review board. It would serve both the police and the public. We need an increased level of communication and trust between the community and the police. It would make both safer.

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