Wednesday, October 14, 2015

City councilman tased for contempt of cop

When Tasers were first introduced, proponents pitched them as an alternative to deadly force. In practice, though, use of deadly force by police remained prevalent and instead law enforcement tends to use Tasers to gain compliance, as evidenced last week by the tasing of a Prairie View city councilman. The councilman approached police who were questioning three of his friends outside his home. He was "not combative" and backed away from the immediate scene when told, but did not go as far away as the officer wanted. Before he was tased, he repeatedly declared "I live here," asking "What's the issue? What did I do?" He was arrested for interfering with public duties and resisting arrest.

Viewing the video, this had nothing to do with officer safety, the councilman was tased and arrested for "contempt of cop."

Reported the New York Times, "Taser International, the manufacturer of the electrical weapons, said in May that more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies had purchased the devices, which are used about 900 times a day."


Anonymous said...

Nowadays "Contempt of Cop" arrests mean nothing in the grand scheme of things wherein all transgressions by police against the citizenry are absorbed and forgiven in the current neo-hero worship atmosphere known as the Blue Lives Matter movement.

Phelps said...

That whole department needs an enema.

Anonymous said...




Sec. 38.15. INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC DUTIES. (a) A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with:
(1) a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law;


(d) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the interruption, disruption, impediment, or interference alleged consisted of speech only.

Case closed.