Uncle linked to a story about a TN High School resource officer who used a taser to break up a fight. We seem to hear about taser insidents more and more often in the news.
I have an issue with tasers. As I view it, the level of force increases as the threat level increases. However, using “less-lethal” force distorts the force level to threat level ratio. Let’s use this story as an example. Two HS kids get into a fight. Are weapons present? No. One kid dominating the other and about to kill the other? No. So rather than jumping in and physically separating the two, which I think is the proper level of force given the threat, the resource officer escalates his force to lethal (yes, less-lethal is still LETHAL!).
No, the student didn’t die, but that’s not the point. The officer used excessive force to stop the threat, in my opinion. What do you think?