Because tasering a man in front of his pregnant wife and the child in the car wasn't enough, the cops in Ohio went one step further.
Apparently, a pregnant woman tried to leave her 1 year old child with authorities because she was "tired of playing games" with the father. It's a bit unclear on what happened, but the cop didn't want to let her leave without answering questions, so she decided to leave with the 1 year old.
Let me pause a moment. This sounds like a battered woman to me. Why else would she be doing this?
So, the cop decided to force her to the ground and taser her. The article hints that the cop had no way of knowing she was pregnant. Which tells me that if cops can't tell by looking that someone (say who is pregnant or has a heart condition) could be majorly harmed by tasering them, is the use of the taser acceptible?
I think that cops should be allowed to use a taser in very limited circumstances, and any time they violate the rules, punishment should ensue. Tasers aren't toys, people.
Oh, and the officer remains on duty. I bet all of Ohio feels safer now.
Crooks and Liars has more.
Update: Kelly Ann Booth, A Progressive Utahn has a really good commentary on the whole story about tasers.