I understand that police officers are under constant stress that they might get shot – but this cop is clearly just an asshole with authority issues. The officer may not have done anything “illegal” in his arrest, but in my opinion it is immoral. This young man with his wife and infant son were clearly no threat. No police record, no previous arrests, with a clear misunderstanding of the speed limit sign.
The cop had the option of simply writing “refuses to sign” on the citation. He decided to arrest the driver instead and clearly tells another officer “he thought he was in charge” so he “got the taser”.
What a gross misuse of authority.
Here is the video from the police cruiser
Seen on BoingBoing:
Driver tasered for refusing to sign traffic ticket
Driver with his family gets pulled over. When officer won’t point out speed limit sign driver was accused of ignoring, driver refuses to sign ticket. Officer shoots man with taser, lets him fall and cut his head, then arrests him.
As the hero explained to a colleague a few minutes later, Massey [the driver] was “making me nervous as hell” by his insistence on being treated as a reasonable adult, rather than behaving like a timid child. “I was like, nah, we ain’t playing this game,” Gardner boasted to the second officer by way of justifying the Taser strike.”Good,” gloated the second tax-fed parasite. “Good for you.”
(Note: I don’t agree that police officers, even the the small minority of bad ones, should be called “tax-fed parasites.” I’m just quoting the blog entry that this video appears in.)