There seems to be a lot of "controversy" over the use (or abuse) of Taser weapons. Before we get into if they are safer or whether the police overreated to the situations we see on the news, let’s take a history step back about 15 years ago…..Rodney King.
I maintain that Rodney had it coming. Was the beating he received over the top? It appeared so, at least to me. There is an underlying current, however. What was Mr. King doing that caused the police to even pursue him? Why did he not submit to police when told to do so? Why did he resist arrest?
Now here we are a teenage college student gets electronically beat up by police because he would not submit to police. We can apparently see what is causing the ruckus and the question comes up again: Why did he not just do as he was told?
We have free choice to do as we may. What we don’t have the option of doing is choosing the consequences of our choices. If I stick my hand in fire, I don’t have the option of choosing whether or not I get burned. If you piss me off, (your choice), you don’t have the option of choosing MY response. If you don’t like the possible consequences, logic dictates that you shouldn’t make that choice. Had the student simply chosen to obey (the first time) he might not have been tasered. It would have been at THAT point (in my mind) he would have a case against the police.
You can’t say "I didn’t ask for….." when your actions brought the worst on. You should have thought about that before. If you want to be "your own person" so be it. But don’t come bitching about how the consequences were unsavory because you acted on your own. Please.