I heard that Amnesty International is coming to town on Thursday Mar 26 2009 to make themselves involved.
They report that there have been 1500 deaths worldwide from the use of tasers.
One issue here may be whether they should have used the weapon on a minor. Another issue is whether the police should have expected a possibly negative reaction and done CPR on the victim, which apparently they did not.
In fact, the police told the family to stay away from the boy, and they summoned an ambulance to treat and transport the boy.
Jewish writer and commentator Dennis Praeger coincidentally today 3/24/09, had a column on his website on the subject of people who inflict pain on others. He didn’t mention the use of tasers, but he was discussing people who use force, who are “just following orders” as in this case.
As a taxpayer in this town, I can say that those police do not represent me.
The family has already announced a lawsuit will be filed against the City of Bay City Michigan.