A taser is meant to incapacitate, not maim or murder. Some sites on tasers say it is to “Defend your family without the consequences of taking a life.” SO THIS STORY really really threw me:
Here is a paragraph from the link giving the details:
“Blasingame, 69, was panhandling near a freeway when he attempted to run away during the July 10, 2018, encounter with police officers. An officer said he tasered Blasingame because he thought he was going to run into traffic. The shock caused Blasingame to fall and seriously injure himself. He became unconscious and was bleeding profusely from his head while the officer called for medical assistance.”
This man is set to win a FORTY MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT. I pity him so so much….he has a REALLY terrible injury and can basically move nothing; completely paralyzed for life. I think he should not have run from the police, I think a cop might want to tase someone running into traffics, and it can’t be clearer this was not mean to hurt him, just stop him. A terrible injury resulted in this man falling as he was hit by the taser while he ran from the police. But check this out!:
“A jury initially awarded Jerry Blasingame $100 million after he was Tasered and left paralyzed. A federal judge reduced the amount, meaning Blasingame could receive at least a $40 million payout, Fox Atlanta reported.
“This would put a substantial dent in the amount of services that we would be able to provide to citizens across the board,” City Councilman Michael Bond told the news outlet. ” He almost got ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS….the jury felt he should have.
Sad that the whole city will suffer because of this…that’s a ton of dough. I’m not sure what I’d award the 69 year old homeless, now paralyzed, man. Probably enough to support him well, with all he needs, till his demise. Not $100 million or $40 million. Will tasers now be taken off the ways cops can stop people without shooting them? Will guns be next, anyway, with the way things are going in America’s treatment of crime?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?