Tuesday, November 21, 2006

UCLA Campus Cop Taser Mania

I was thinking: I suppose it is possible that they will find that the campus police were just doing their job, and the fault lies in the police's rules of engagement. In other words, the victim may have found a bug in their software. If the police rules are not well thought out to match possible realities they may encounter, the overly restrictive instruction set could lead to seemingly inappropriate behavior. By resisting passively, saying he would leave, but just slapping away the police hands and insisting that they not touch him, the victim may have prevented them from Plan A) quietly escorting him out, B) carrying him out, forcing them to go to C) tasering the person until they stop resisting. It is hard to see how Plan B would be impossible, though, if he were handcuffed already. I can't really explain the cops' behavior, but that might be close to one of the possibilities, and I half-expect some kind of excuse like that which would place the blame on an administrator who issued rules of engagement that didn't work in this situation. Even if this excuse were true, you would think they would break away from the training manual when what they were doing became obviously objectionable to all observers. But I guess that is the point of military and police training: not to react as a human being with empathy to another's situation. I am writing this without having heard any news on it for the last few days, so my opinion is as valid as the opinions of the space shuttle astronauts or Antarctic researchers.

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