Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, has proclaimed “Don’t tase me, bro” to be the phrase of the year. If you’re not already familiar with this phrase, which quickly became printed on t-shirts and uploaded as ringtones, it was voiced by University of Florida student Andrew Meyer on September 17th as he was asking John Kerry questions at a forum. Meyer, basically, wouldn’t keep quiet when asked, so campus security tried to remove him, and ultimately gave him a shot of taser juice. The incident was controversial, but the security guards were ultimately found to have committed no wrong.
What? You never saw the video? Awww dude, you gotta scope it now:
Equally controversial has been the latest video of a supposed highway speeder in Utah. Unnecessary, excessive use of force on someone that didn’t need it, or lousy punk that needs to do what he’s told? Watch the following video and decide for yourself. My favorite quote in this one is “He took a ride with the taser.”
The use of tasers has grown considerably within police departments and so has the controversy. Police officers in some states have even used them in public schools. A case in particular involved an officer that tasered a 6-year old boy in Miami, because the boy was threatening to injure his own leg with a shard of glass. Two weeks later, a 12-year-old girl skipping school “took a ride with the taser” in Miami-Dade.
How has Taser International Incorporated responded to this controversy? Good question, they’re developing a NEW way to deliver electrical juice via a 12-gauge shotgun. That’s right, they’re calling it the “eXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile,” or XREP for short. This new shotgun shell is designed to deliver blunt-force trauma with super sweet electrical juice. Scope this flick for a full explanation:
Following up on yesterday’s post, my family jewels feel like they took a ride with the taser.
– Ranger Man