- In June police in Texas tasered a 72 year-old woman accused of speeding.
- In Phoenix police tasered and beat a pastor for resisting arrest for the crime of ... well he actually didn't do anything illegal except ask what he was being arrested for.
- In Seattle, back in 2005, a woman eight-months pregnant was tasered for not signing a ticket after a traffic stop.
- Certainly the worse case I could find was out of Boise, ID where police jammed a Taser up a man's rectum and fired.
Police seldom get in serious trouble for using a Taser. In Edmonton, Alberta a policeman used a Taser on two sleeping men and all he got was a 90-hour suspension. But, I'm certain they were sleeping in a threatening manner.
I'm always a little worried when I write about the American Police State. I fear a policeman may decide to electrocute me. The Taser has become a toy used by police for recreational torture. I even wonder if police consider it a sex toy. Here is another Texas story about an on-duty officer getting shot with his own Taser that sounds more like sex play gone wrong than an accident.
Torture by Taser
A report from Der Spiegel on American police Taser practices
Pam's House Blend's take