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Don’t Tase Me, Bro October 1, 2009

Posted by southbendpolice in In The News, Street Beat.

WSBT.com posted a story about an accidental Tasering that happened next door in Mishawaka while apprehending a suspect, and one of the arresting officers was struck by one of the dart probes in the process. All officers including us, are required to feel the effects of being “Tased” during the initial training and certification process.

Being Tased is uncomfortable to be sure. But they also work very effectively in interrupting motor function, allowing officers to more safely make an apprehension. Over the years since 2003 when I have been carrying the Taser, I have found that the direct hit is “the worst” for discomfort, but it IS only temporary. I have also learned that you can complete the circuit in a number of other accidental ways, reminding you that electricity is your friend and needs to be respected.

-running through your own dangling Taser wires during a foot chase
-feeling a water puddle act in completing the circuit between you and your suspect
-having a vehicle complete the circuit around the subject seated inside, and
-completing that circuit while placing the cuffs on by grabbing on to your suspect with both hands

Those accidental ones make you remember to be mindful of the Taser, even if self deprecating in the process. The pain from the Taser is temporary. The comments from your coworkers effects are usually longer lasting.

Thanks for reading!

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