By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog
A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to a woman who was tased by Seattle police while pregnant. The court ruled against Malaika Brooks, who initiated a lawsuit after police shocked her with a Taser for refusing to sign a traffic ticket.
Presiding Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall explained the verdict: “A suspect who repeatedly refuses to comply with instructions or leave her car escalates the risk involved for officers unable to predict what type of noncompliance might come next.”
To clarify: A judge actually said you can tase a (pregnant) woman for not doing something because there’s no way to tell what she might not do next. Un-fucking-believable.
The use of a Taser on anyone who is not dangerous or out control – but simply being a pain in the ass – is a brutal police state-type tactic that should be banned.
Shooting 42 bullets at a carjacker with an innocent family still inside the car is also inadvisable. But Jacksonville sheriffs did just that, hitting a toddler at least twice as a result.
Spokesperson Sheriff John Rutherford said of the incident: "I just don't want to try to speculate on why they felt the need to shoot at the suspect while he was in the vehicle." (Why don’t you simply ask them, sir?)
The "good guys" need to exhibit better judgment and restraint if they wish to distinguish themselves from the bad guys.