This tasering stuff is getting a little out of hand:
ABC News report that Oakland police tasered a man having an epileptic seizure because he became agitated when restrained. They subsequently prosecuted him for assault and disorderly conduct. You couldn’t make it up if you tried.
Oh, I don’t know. I can make up some pretty good ideas if I try. I mean, we had someone tasered for overstaying his welcome at a library, and now someone tasered for having an epileptic fit. What’s next?
Look at Michael J. Fox. The man was out of control, head weaving and wandering, hands moving around, and he was annoying true patriots. He was definitely a candidate for the taser. And just think how entertaining Rush Limbaugh’s imitation would have been!
Another case: Terry Schiavo. Mere police presence would not have silenced her moans and random wiggling, but 50,000 volts? That would have taught her a lesson. As a real bonus for the Republicans, when her muscles all tensed and she arched her back and groaned uncontrollably, they would have been able to say, “See? She does respond to stimuli!”
You want to know what problem really makes people “agitated when restrained,” subject to irrational excesses of exuberance, uncontrollably loud and hyperactive? Youth. If you’ve ever been in a restaurant when little kids are shrieking and running amuck, you know what I mean. One zap, though, and the little bastards will calm right down.
I think there is real potential for civilizing the populace here.
I want a taser of my own.
First thing I’m going to go looking for: a cop with the hiccups.