I have close family members who also serve, so don't get me wrong. I strongly support our police officers. However, my point is about training on deciding when to use force.
You can. Period. You have to remember, you taser the person for a reason.
No, an officer can't just taser someone walking down the street without identifying himself and for no other cause other than he was having a bad day. There are consequences, just like any other instrument of force such as a baton.
My point was focusing on the proper reasons to use force.
Why? Because someone with a pre-existing heart condition who would normally be able to live out their life just fine, but 10 taser shocks in a row would put them into cardiac arrest, then maybe the guy with the taser caused their death?
Otherwise, that's like saying guns don't kill people, blood loss does.
My point is that the bar of when to use force should not become lower just because there is a perception that there are no consequences. You don't know everyone's medical condition, so it is important to follow proper training in deciding when its necessary to use force.
I agree when force is necessary, I think tasers are great and have probably saved many lives.
For example, this officer was suspended for this incident:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avFLFN3UY0g
He tasered the driver 45 seconds after pulling him over (for going 5 mph over the limit, the rear license plate is in the back window). He didn't give the driver time to obey his orders before tasering him.
And most departments have policies that officers should lean against tasering the really old and really young. Policies and training are there for a reason, it's important to follow them. That's all I'm saying.