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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Are you ready for this?

No doubt we will soon start to see more of this in Canada. What is considered a "proper" use of the taser south of the border will eventually "usage creep" its way into standard operating procedure up here as well. It's the direction in which we are moving. Don't believe it? How naive.

Deputy uses taser on fleeing bicyclist

Today in California, a sheriff's deputy shot a man with a Taser gun for allegedly riding his bike at night without proper lighting. According to a sheriff's spokesman, the bicyclist ignored warnings from the deputy he would use the stun gun, then fled on foot. One probe struck the bicyclist, Omar Herrada Rivera, 39, but he did not receive a shock. After being checked out at a hospital, Rivera was held in the county jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, riding a bicycle without proper lighting, riding under the influence of alcohol and using false citizenship government documents.

The sheriff's spokesman said the deputy's decision to use the Taser was proper.

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