Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Another citizen video emerged showing a police officer tasering a mentally-ill man who posed no threat to him.
But am I the only one who finds it disturbing that the videographer is not only hoping the man would get tased, but then sounds ecstatic when he actually does get tased?
I’m sure he was elated that he caught the cop in the act of tasing a mentally ill man; a sure hit for Youtube.
But I really have to stress it to these citizen journalists – the more you control your emotions, the less distracting you will be on video.
In other words, either keep your mouth shut or provide a simple narration of what is happening with some quick background of what took place before you started recording.
This is not a game. Save the cheering for the sports bar. Or at least until after it’s posted on Youtube.
The mentally ill man was apparently asking for change and talking nonsense to customers walking out of the restaurant.
Cops were called and told him to hold his arms out, which he did. The cop told him to turn around, which he didn’t do.
The cop had no choice but to teach that mentally ill man a lesson in respecting his authority. He ended up tasing him twice.
Initially, police charged with his felony resisting arrest, which means he was being violent.
But the video proved that was not the case, so now he’s being charged with disorderly conduct, which we all know is code for contempt-of-cop.