Wednesday, May 5, 2010

On Tasers and Crazy Fanatics

A teenager thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to run out onto the field during a Phillies game. Hopefully, he was right about the "once-in-a-lifetime" part. He got tased and fell to the ground in the outfield; the video of this has been seen by millions.

Some have criticized the use of a taser as being too forceful; a few would have preferred something stronger. I have no problem with the use of the taser. (The only real problem I saw is that the police officer, quite frankly, should have been more fit. Then perhaps he could have just tackled the kid.) The fan was not seriously injured, which is the norm with taser use.

Consider these two perspectives from a recent espn.com article:

1) The players and managers, for the most part, applauded the use of the taser. Why? Because they are the ones who are likely the targets of the fanatics who run out onto the field. They don't mind being protected from people who might be drunk, on drugs, or contemplating something stupid and/or violent.

2) And consider this quote from a 17-year-old fan who was watching a game in Minnesota:

"When I first saw it, it seemed a little over the top and unnecessary for someone who wasn't causing trouble," Anderson said. "But then when you think about it, if you let that go, what are you going to let go in the future?" [Emphasis mine]
Exactly. The use of force is a deterrent. Crazy people in Philadelphia and elsewhere may decide to stay in their seats now...and that's a good thing.

1 comment:

The RP said...

interesting x)