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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't tase me, Powe

The world needs more Jerrell Powe's.

November 16, 2010
Kyle Veazey, Clarion Ledger

OXFORD — Reporters crowded around Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe Monday afternoon, and there was at least some news as a result. But there was something far more interesting than that: Powe’s personal opinion on the use of Tasers.


Let’s explain. Powe mentioned that he was on track to graduate in May with his degree. A reporter followed up and asked what that degree is in. Criminal justice, he said. Why, a reporter joked in response, just so you can Tase someone?

Not at all, Powe said.

“I don’t believe in the Taser,” Powe said. “I don’t like the Taser. I’m against that. When I was a jailer, they told me to tote one you have to get Tasered. I said I don’t need that in the first place. I am against Tasering, so that won’t be going on for me.”

Some background, of course: Back during Powe’s long eligibility fight, he once worked as a jailer in Wayne County. And judging by what he said there, he didn’t want a Taser.

“I did not tote one,” he said. “I didn’t need one. It’s all about respect. When you’re in that profession, it’s all about respect and how you carry yourself. You see a lot of those guys toting those Tasers — I ain’t going to say it.” He paused. “Growing up, those were the guys who didn’t get a lot of respect. I’m gonna be honest with ya. That’s how I feel about it.”

So there ya go. Jerrell Powe’s thoughts on tasers. You always wanted to know. Now you do. You’re welcome.

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