Thursday, December 18, 2008

Officers’ real job to serve people, not subdue them

This is another local story in this ongoing Taser conflict that not only effects this county and city but all citizens disabled and non disabled across our country.
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The smugness of the Columbia Police Department in the face of questions about Tasers is astounding. Don Weaver, president of the Columbia Police Officers Association, says: "Any tool that decreases the injury rate of our officers … is worthwhile … even if said tool increases the risk … of injury to those that choose to assault or resist our officers."

Is this what Tasers are for?

Police officers’ safety?

Are they the only folks that matter?

Are police not employed by us and accountable to us?

It is my understanding that police exist to enforce the law, not stand in for the law.

Weaver seems to believe officers can use Tasers to force compliance, no matter the circumstance. Are we not obliged to resist police when their demands unconstitutionally threaten our citizenship? That police officials so blatantly disregard the seriousness of their job by minimizing those who question their force demonstrates contempt for the very law police purport to protect and the people supposedly served.

I shouldn’t need to be trained in the "complexities of modern policing" to understand that the mechanisms of internal police review will likely prevent us from questioning the existence of Tasers in the first place.

Police are, in fact, accountable to standards that extend well beyond any situation they might encounter.

This is central to police work.

And, as interim Chief Tom Dresner concludes, Columbia police "must get on with" their "work."

Apparently, questions of people who are not police just get in the way.

Source:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/Dec/20081218Comm004.asp

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