I'm Afraid, I'm Very Afraid
by Marilyn Mackenzie
Today on the noon news, there was a report of still another taser incident, this time at the Vancouver, Canada airport.
Some will say that this man, who became agitated, then even vilolent (but not with people - he threw a computer and a table, supposedly), had it coming to him.Â But as far as I've seen, there has been no explanation about why the man had already been in the airport for 10 hours after arriving before he got so upset.Â And they haven't explained why his mother, who waited 6 hours for him, was finally told that he never arrived.
In 10 hours, you would think that any airport could have figured out what language the man spoke (not English) and have found someone who spoke his language.Â One would think.
Thankfully, another traveler caught this incident on tape, because the airport police can no longer claim that the man was fighting them.Â He was not.Â And while he was on the floor, having been tased with 50,000 volts, they tased him again.Â The man died.
This makes me afraid.Â Afraid for myself.Â Afraid for others.
I'm wondering if we shouldn't all be wearing clothing that says:
"I have a heart condition.Â I cannot be tased."
Or..."I'm over 50.Â Tasing could kill me."
I watched a Canadian broadcast about this (without any footage of the incident) where a woman said that the majority of tasing incidents seem to involve someone who is not armed.Â She also indicated that tasers were originally introduced to police all over the world as an alternative for guns - so they didn't kill people!Â They are not to be used on someone who is not resisting, supposedly.
Are you afraid?
Here's the link to ABC's coverage:Â