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Brooklyn state Sen. Eric Adams wants transit workers to be armed with Tasers

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April 17, 2012

Here’s a stunning idea — arming transit workers with Tasers so they can zap bad guys who menace them.

It’s the brainchild of state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) [2], who wants bus drivers, subway conductors and other transit workers to be able to protect themselves and passengers from crazy riders, criminals and even would-be terrorists.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 is supporting Adams’ legislative effort because it is tired of its members being “treated like punching bags” by irate riders, said the local’s president, John Samuelsen [3].

“Equipping and training our members to responsibly use Tasers will end the assaults that are currently plaguing our members,” Samuelsen said. “Additionally, it will act as a strong deterrent against crime against our riders on the buses and trains.”

Subway workers and bus drivers were physically assaulted 94 times last year, up from 72 recorded incidents the prior year, Metropolitan Transportation Authority data show. Transit workers were harassed, including being spit upon, 1,092 times last year, after 936 such incidents were logged in 2010.

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[1] NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-state-sen-eric-adams-transit-workers-armed-tasers-article-1.1062688

[2] Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn): http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eric+Adams

[3] John Samuelsen: http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Samuelsen

[4] Police can set Tasers on children: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-can-set-tasers-on-children.html

[5] Washington DC transit system holds anti-terror drills: http://www.prisonplanet.com/washington-dc-transit-system-holds-anti-terror-drills.html

[6] Brooklyn Residents In Fear Of Looters Pretending To Be FEMA Workers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brooklyn-residents-in-fear-of-looters-pretending-to-be-fema-workers.html

[7] Security guards assigned to control frustrated Metro Vancouver bus riders: http://www.prisonplanet.com/security-guards-assigned-to-control-frustrated-metro-vancouver-bus-riders.html

[8] Bill would restrict police use of Tasers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bill-would-restrict-police-use-of-tasers.html

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