5.04.2010

Fan runs amuck, gets TASERED on the field.

Whew, I really dunno about this.

17 comments:

SpastikMooss said...

Wow...that's messed up.

Joe S. said...

On one hand, I don't think it's THAT big a deal. Police are TASERED themselves, so they know the force they're dealing with. Once the shock is stopped, the person being TASED is fine, as was evident here when the kid ran off the field.

On the other hand, it seems silly to have resorted to a TASER when the kid posed no obvious threat and could've been brought down easily had the officer been in better shape.

Captain Canuck said...

it's only Philadelphia. it's fine.

this IS the place where you can't take your family to games anymore, in any sport.

unless you want batteries thrown at you, super hot pennies, urine, or my fave, purposely vomited on.

Motherscratcher said...

Wow. Seems kind of harsh. It's not like the kid was wearing a Yankee hat or anything. If that was the case I could see using the taser.

madding said...

At least the Cardinals won!

Seriously, though, I keep hearing almost nothing but support for this. No one seems to be bringing up the fact that people have died from tasers before.

Jeremy said...

Philly cops are such good guys. Nice to see the delay of a baseball game is more important than the physical safety of a minor.

zman40 said...

I bet he won't make that mistake again.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Ahh... that's just Philly cops being Philly cops.

(They should have tasered the New York newspaper sports blogger who showed up at a Phillies/Mets game the other day instigating Phillies fans with "Phillies suck" chants!)

Spiff said...

Not sure I see the problem. Tackle the kid and you might break his arm. Then what? All kinds of tears. As it is he is fine. Taser use actually reduces injuries to all parties. As Chris Rock famously said, if you don't want the police to come after you, don't break the law.

Anonymous said...

Out-of-shape, schleppy police officers are embarassing to behold. So are drunken idiot fans. This may be a draw.

mikepelfreyshouse said...

wow. Is that nessicary.

Field of Cards said...

He deserved it. Who knows at that moment if he has a knife or gun tucked in his shorts?

It's always an "overreaction" after the fact. If the dude pulled a gun and killed someone people would be saying the police didn't react fast enough.

Anyone remember Monica Seles getting stabbed on the tennis court?

If this guy decides he wants to do something really stupid and potentially dangerous to others, he is the one that needs to incur the risk of injury...not law abiding citizens.

Shooting him with a gun would have been an overreaction.

As someone mentioned, tackling him is more likely to cause injury than a taser (if they could even catch him).

I have zero sympathy for the guy and neither does his mom or dad (thankfully).

Hey, if you don't want to incur risk, don't skydive.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Apparently, the next night another fan ran out on the field, to which the crowd chanted "Taze Him! Taze him!"


(All that was missing was an Emperor, to give the thumbs up or thumbs down sign!)

capewood said...

People are regularly being killed and maimed by Tasers. Dopes have been running out on baseball fields since Doubleday. The game gets stopped for a few minutes while the crowd is entertained by the on field antics. Then the guy (or gal) gets arrested and carted off to jail. Deadly force was never required before so why now? I guess it's better that the officer didn't pull his service revolver and shoot the kid dead. The kid did something stupid and there is a high penalty for doing that particular stupid thing. Electrocution is a bit much to add. By the way, the Phillies announced today that their own security people will handle fence jumpers in the future.

Spiff said...

People are regularly being killed by Tasers? When did that start?

capewood said...

According to Amnesty International 351 people were killed by Tasers in the United States between June 2001 and August 2008. You can find their report here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/us-human-rights/taser-abuse/page.do?id=1021202

Spiff said...

Killed by Tasers or by the drugs and other stuff in their systems or other causes? Two very different things. In the past I have found A.E. to be less than fully accurate in their reporting of such matters.