Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tasering children

Here is an example of disproportionate use of force by a police officer. He told her to stop running and warned her that he would use a taser. Well, that makes it perfectly all right.

As bad as this is, the news story under discussion in the other thread is the tasering of a ten year old girl. Several posters have tried to make the case that even a 10-year-old can be a "threat." Well, kids younger than 10 have killed people, so I guess there should be no lower limit. Taser that 2-year-old, he might quick-draw a gun from his ankle-holster!

The average weight of a 10-year-old girl is 70.4 lbs. The average weight of an adult male is 189 lbs. That's roughly three times the weight of the child. The difference between a heavy-weight boxer and a light-heavyweight boxer is just 25lbs (12.5% mass difference). In terms of a boxing match, this would be like a 150 lb. man boxing a 450 lb. man, all-muscle. The absurdity of describing the officer's actions as being defensive or somewhere along the continuum of force (but the alternatives are worse!) does not even rise to the rank of being ludicrous. It is, in fact, disgustingly immoral and reflective of the deep moral decay of our sick culture which cheers rampant state-violence.

If you can defend the actions of this officer (and the mother's suggestion that the officer take this course of action), you are not ignorant or misguided or mistaken or just see things differently. You are deeply immoral and your stance reflects an utter lack of conscience.

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