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Editorial: Reserve judgment in Taser case

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What kind of message does it send to police officers and the criminal element of society when an officer can automatically be suspended without a hearing after using a non-lethal method of force to subdue a suspect? That's what happened in Troy when an Albany County sheriff's deputy was suspended, without pay, for using a Taser on a 16-year-old suspect in a high-speed car chase. The teenager had refused to obey an officer's orders to ...

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August 24, 2014
6:58 a.m.

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I question whether the editorial writer "understands what's happening here" with respect to the investigation of this case. I think it would have been prudent to provide some proof to support the allegation that the deputy was unjustly suspended deputy due to "hypersensitivity" to an event occurring halfway across the country. I see no such evidence provided in this article.

Management is certainly not infallible, but, this article basically second guesses the decision of a manager, who certainly has more facts re: the situation, than the Gazette editorial board. And, they do it based on the thin premise that because there is a highly controversial use of force case in another part of the country, local law enforcement managers will rush to judgment.

The writer also seems to base their argument on the wrong headed premise that the choice is always between deadly force or taser.

August 26, 2014
8:21 a.m.

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Tasers are lethal and inhumane. The gross militarization of police across America is becoming apparent in the killing of Michael Brown-. Police tactics in full SWAT riot gear in itself is TERRORIZING - for Adults as well has children. This is not the America we are led to believe is supposed to be so much better and humane than the rest of the world. And this is all done in the name of Freedom and security? There is no freedom in living under a police state. Its shameful. The solution to reducing crime in general is to take all that money they use for war, and militarizing police, for profit prisons, and put it to better use improving schools, improving neighborhoods, skills building, and simply combating poverty. Violence, drugs, theft is all rooted in poverty and desperation.