Letter to the editor: Taser solution
To the editor:
I, too, notice the recent repeat tragedy of mistaken use of lethal firearms by police rather than their intended use of only a Taser. It is not only a tragedy for the deceased and their families but also for the officers involved and for police in their respective departments — and police everywhere. Unless steps are taken to reduce the possibility of repeats of such events, they will absolutely recur.
Obvious steps are readily available; a couple of low-tech ideas readily come to mind.
1. Altering the grip so that it can be more easily recognized as being less similar than that of lethal firearms, (i.e., put a couple of rubber bands or tape around the grip.)
2. Placement on the body of the user in a manner or placement not similar to placement of lethal firearms.
Either or both of these safeguards would be easy to accomplish with little or no cost. Why not do them?