“Protector of the people”

Yeah, we all know the motto of most police forces in the world; To serve and protect.
But who protects us against the Police?

These two videos caught my attention today. And I dropped my jaw…
I know it can’t be easily for an officer to judge how much force that’s required to prevent a person from fleeing. I also know that it’s not uncommon for the to use too much force.
What really stun me here, pun intended, is how could these officers choose to use “Non-lethal”, I’ll come back to that term, force against these, I’m sure weighing < 100 pounds, young girls.

Video #1
In the first video you’ll see this 20 yo girl running and a 260 pound + cop sprinting 2-3 feet behind. 2-3 feet! I’m sure if he just would’ve made the effort to RUN he’d caught her. Instead he took the “easy” choice of pulling his taser and tase her in the back. Causing her to be paralyzed and falling to the hard ground, hitting her head really hard.
In a longer version of this video, which you’ll find if you search on youtube abit, you can see that the officers doesn’t even care about her injury. They stand around thinking about donuts for 3 minutes before they ask her if she’s all right.
[RAGE]
OF COURSE SHE’S NOT ALL RIGHT! WANT ME TO DROP YOU WITH YOUR HEAD ON PAVEMENT WITH A FORCE GREATER THAN YOUR BODYWEIGHT?!
[/RAGE]

I’m calm again… I’d really like to ask this cop “What where you thinking?” But… That would imply that he did think..

Now video #2.
I just don’t know what to say about this video… I just find it horrifying how a police officer can even consider to use this weapon on a child… Even though it’s “Non-lethal”, it’s still a weapon.
I don’t know, maybe their definitions are screwed up.. To me, a weapon is an instrument used to inflict harm or even death upon another living creature. Taser do harm people, even if it’s not directly. I wonder how the police define ‘weapon’, probably not the same way as me.

Now, the term “Non-lethal”.
What does it mean?
I looked this up, just to confirm. It means “Not capable of causing death”. So basically, you shouldn’t be able to kill a person with this weapon.
Although, do tasers count as “Less-than-lethal” weapons instead?
That’s a different term. “Less-than-lethal” implies that the chance of accidentally killing someone with this weapon is greatly reduced. I’m one of those who thinks it should belong to “Less-than-lethal” category. To be honest, I haven’t researched taser-guns that much, so maybe the are in that category.

Nonetheless, the level of force used in these videos are unnecessarily high. I mean, a child and a young girl..

 

I warn you, who are about to watch these videos, the content is disturbing…

#1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2L85M287gk

#2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVZD2d3FQHg

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