Friday, September 21, 2007

Tasers are the new nightstick upside your head

While I agree with Dr. Zaius that the message of Andrew Meyer is being eclipsed by the elation of those who think an old woman slipping on a banana peel is funny, the tasee is fortunate in one regard. Thanks to technology, a few years ago Meyer's skull bones might have been on the receiving end of several batons instead of a hand-held pest zapper.

I am kind of with the police on this one as far as the zapping goes, in the the interest of their personal safety. It wasn't as if the police marched in and zapped Meyer without preamble, though it doesn't appear anyone tried to ask him to leave either except for shutting off his microphone, which seems to be the proper etiquette for that forum which Meyers chose to ignore. However right or wrong the police were in removing Meyer, once the situation escalated and he resisted then the police are making sure that they go home at the end of their shift. They have no way of knowing if the person they are detaining is crazed. A weapon could be anything as innocuous as a pencil and inflict serious damage in close quarters.

I do hope that in the event I ever get dragged of by the police some day that I have the same presence of mind as Andrew Meyer to make sure I hold up the book I'm carrying so the cover always shows to the camera.

Maybe it will be this one just for the conspiracy freaks. Or perhaps even this classic.

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7 comments:

  1. On a completely unrelated and geeky note, when I saw that image, I immediately thought:

    Amazing Spider-Man #187!

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  2. The classic Starlin issue that for some insane reason, was NOT published in Marvel Team-Up.

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  3. On the whole I am sure that you are correct in stating that there are less injuries via taser than nightstick, but I think that the cops miss that reassuring "Ker-Thunk" of the bygone era.

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  4. Ah, Starlin.

    I might have to drag out my old Thanos Captain Marvels and Warlock issues.

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  5. I guess I'm not seeing the humor in this.

    "However right or wrong the police were in removing Meyer, once the situation escalated and he resisted then the police are making sure that they go home at the end of their shift. They have no way of knowing if the person they are detaining is crazed. A weapon could be anything as innocuous as a pencil and inflict serious damage in close quarters."

    I'm not convinced. Why are you so ready to give the (heavily armed) police the benefit of the doubt?

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  6. Having been one, I fully understand their concerns when someone resists. That is why there is a "12 foot rule".

    They don't know if Meyer was armed or not and won't take the chance.

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  7. The problem with a taser is that it seems mild enouh to use freely, as though it were just a sort of augmented bitchslap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyvrqcxNIFs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSG19c3elhQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA8fD6YvyJk

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