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Posted on October 13 at 7:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To the parents of who I assume were a few pathetic churls (look it up).

My three kids went through the BHBL School System and until now I was proud of that. This sort of puts a stain on it.

If anything ever called for a "trip behind the woodshed" this is it although I imagine such physical punishment is frowned on today.

If they can be identified by the school they should be "kept after school" for the rest of the year and forbidden to attend any school functions. I suppose expulsion isn't allowed.

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Posted on October 13 at 6:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Chipmunks gotta eat too. They're not stupid! You provide them with easy food... they take it. Wouldn't you?

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Posted on September 21 at 4:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good to see that the rich and powerful don't always win.

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Posted on August 26 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mrs. Sanders experience is just an inkling of the whole fascinating story about the British led action that broke Hitler's communication code so completely that the Allies were reading virtually all messages of the German War Machine (including those between Hitler and his commanders) before the war was over.

For MUCH more I suggest Googling and Amazoning ... "Bletchley Park" for access to many books and movies on this subject.

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Posted on December 9 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is certainly no surprise. No one would expect the DA to find the Colonie Police actions in this case were "criminally liable". No laws were broken.

HOWEVER... it still seems that, even with the findings of "life threatening substances" there is a reasonable question... Since he apparently died immediately concurrent with "being shocked repeatedly with Tasers"... Did the Tasers precipitate his death? Without the use of the Tasers would he be alive today??

It would certainly seem to be a valid point to be made in a civil court should his relatives choose to pursue this.

It also leaves open the question that since an officer has no way of knowing if a Taser shot will trigger an underlying condition in his target should the Taser be used in anything other than "life or death" situations and was this such a case?

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Posted on November 1 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My only experience in "Law Enforcement" was as a Navy Shore Patrol duty officer years ago in the "sailor bars" outside the US Naval Base at Yokusuka, Japan, so I'm hardly an expert.... BUT.... I can't help wondering how this episode would have turned out if there had been no Tasers available. Everything would have been the same.... just no Tasers.

I can't help but believe that the "troublemaker" would still be alive.

How would the Police have reacted without the Tasers??? Surely they wouldn't have used deadly force with fire arms since he apparently wasn't threatening anyone's life and wasn't armed himself.

My experience included numerous confrontations with some pretty big strong inebriated sailors and fortunately they were all handled with words and a few hammer locks.

I was always accompanied by a pair of BIG BURLY SP "hard hats" with clubs and sidearms which were NEVER applied. I'm sure the military environment (my Navy Lieutenant's shoulder boards and the hard hats appearance) had a somewhat intimidating effect as well. BUT.... we certainly never came close to applying anything more than some wrestling holds. I'm sure that if lives were threatened (knives for example) the sidearms would likely have been used, or at least threatened, and in such a situation a Taser would have been handy in place of the 45's.

I don't pretend to know the answers but it seem that it is certainly a valid question...

What if there had been no Tasers???

William Statler

From: Man dies in Colonie gym altercation

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