- Jan 14, 2018
I don't think so either. That is why I asked the other poster why he though it was threatening.I don't think he saw anything "threatening", I think he saw non-compliance. I'll be honest, I don't know the exact rules for when an officer can use a taser. I don't know exactly what he's allowed to do to get the guy to comply with a pretty reasonable request. I do know that the request wasn't unconstitutional, so the cop had the right to make it, and the driver needed to comply. The driver was wrong first, so in my eyes he started it. The fact the cop didn't shoot him shouldn't be applauded, but it should be noted. Lots of black people have been shot for doing less.
I'm just saying I don't see what else he should have done. You're point about waiting for backup to decrease the chances of having to pull a gun is a good one. I'm just not seeing that he acted all that improperly. He could have done a little better for both of their safety, but I don't see anything "wrong" with what he did. One way or another, dude was getting forced into cuffs
He was probably within his rights to taze the guy. I am talking about this from a moral stand point. He probably legally could have shot him too because as you said they have shot people for much less and got away with it.
That said. I personally would want to handle this without either of us getting killed. I would have waited for backup so I would ensure there would be 0 need for me to pull out my gun and shoot him. Had this football player been slightly less drunk and ended up on top of the guy he would have been shot no question, even though he clearly wasn't trying to kill the cop.