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Canadian Cops Tase Knife-Wielding 82-Year-Old Patient in his Hospital Bed

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The cops in Canada seem to be getting the hang of the Taser business. Mounties summoned to a British Columbia hospital tased an octogenarian patient after he pulled a knife from his pocket. Eighty-two-year-old Frank Lasser, who was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, claimed that sometimes he got delusional when he got short of breath. Did that, however, make it right for the police to tase him, bro?

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Mounties corporal Scott Wilson defended his colleague's grandad-bashing actions. "Whether the person is 80 or 20, we are dealing with a person who had a deadly weapon in their hand. We could not deploy our ... pepper spray, because we could potentially contaminate the entire hospital."

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Lasser, a former prison guard, reckons they overdid it, claiming that, with three Mounties in the room, they could have overpowered him without using a Taser. Lasser said there were three RCMP officers in his hospital room and believes they could have easily handled him without the use of a Taser. "I was laying on the bed by then and the corporal came in, or the sergeant, and said to the guys, 'OK, get him because we got more important work to do on the street tonight,'" he said.

"And then, bang, bang, bang, three times with the laser, and I tell you, I never want that again." That'll teach him to bring a knife to hospital, then. [CBC News via Dvorak]

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@Ambigous Blob: Yes, I have, I was attacked by a redneck with club, who objected to me riding my bicycle on the street. I pepper sprayed him. End of problem. I am not against "violence" per se, just gratuitous violence, especially on the part of the police who have superiour weapons and training and who have sworn duty to protect. Protect, not tase.

To me the taser question comes to down to saving someones life. Full stop. Unless the life of someone is in danger, there is no need to use a weapon that was sold to us an alternative to deadly force. This is not longer the case, as it is often used to coerce compliance, to punish, and as a matter of convenience. Personally I think cops should risk their lives, it's their job.

I thought I would answer your question even though it is non sequitar. Is there some connection that I am missing? I am not arguing that police are unnecessary, or evil, simply that they have the power of life, death and freedom over citizens, and that this great power has to be monitored and controlled. Most importantly they must act within the law and ordinary morality. There is such a thing as excessive force and police do overstep their authority. And yes, some of them are violent dangerous people who hide behind their badges. Please take careful note of your bias — your father is a police officer and you are proud of him and grew up surrounded by friendly helpful cops. This is not everyone's experience (See Carmen89) and many many thousands like her.

Again as I have said in most of my posts, what if it was your old, sick and disorientated granddad who got zapped? What side of the argument would you be on then?

Crime is dropping in both the US and has been for 30 years. This is mostly due to changing demographics (the population is getting older) and has nothing to do with the police. More police does not equal less crime, this is a myth.