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I know you are probably aware of the stories of police brutality in the news lately.
Especially since a Cambridge police officer arrested a professor on the front steps of his own home, I have been mulling over the two sided coin of respect for authority and rights of citizens.
Two of my favorite bloggers took opposite positions on the issue.
I certainly don't want the police to come to my door and make demands that violate my rights. On the other hand, I realize that the police need to have the authority to make decisions on the spot.
So, today when I came across this video of a mother being tasered in front of her two children, I wondered to myself if she was being belligerent or accommodating. There is no audio on the video, so it's hard to tell. I DO think, for safety's sake and just because it is in my own best interest not to tick off someone with a stun gun, that when the police say, "Freeze with your hands up," I believe I would be freezing with my hands UP!
After that first video, I stumbled on this video of a 72 year old great grandmother being tasered during a traffic stop! I expected to watch it and feel sorry for the frail little thing, but I had quite the opposite reaction. She was being completely defiant and disrespectful and refused to do what the officer asked.
So he tasered her.
Now, I'm sure no harm would have come if the officer had let that lady get in her truck and drive away without the ticket, but how can the police maintain order if it is known that compliance is optional?
Watch the second video for yourself and tell me what you think. (Notice that the little old lady LIED through her teeth about how she handled the initial traffic stop.)
Do you think the police are justified in using force when their commands are being disregarded?