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Father Tased While Holding Infant

First of all, someone said I was DISGUSTING because of my last post on illegals, and deleted me. Oh well, so be it. And stuckhere dropped me, too, and without a word. I really feel hurt he did that, because I really liked him!

There's just NO excuse. I don't know all the circumstances, but even if the security guard believed the baby was being stolen, his foremost concern should have been to protect the welfare of that newborn infant. He should never have tased the dad, because he knew that in doing so, the baby WOULD be dropped, thus endangering the baby’s life.

What are your thoughts on this?

Father Tased While Holding Infant

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Aug. 15th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Allow me to be the asshole who plays devils advocate.

"Child Protective Services has custody of the baby because of a history of domestic violence between Lewis and his wife, Jacqueline Gray. Agency spokeswoman Estella Olguin said the infant does not appear to be suffering any health problems from the fall."

Being in the line of security requires quick thinking. Sometimes the little amount of time you have to protect people can affect proper judgement. Maybe it was known to the security guard that the father had a history of domestic violence? So lets put yourself in the shoes of the guard.

"No way am I going to let this asshole get away with this infant. Why, so he can beat the baby too?"

Was it smart tasing the guy with the infant? NO. But if you look at the setup it almost seems scripted for the guard in the darker uniform to catch the baby once blue tased the father. He just didn't pull through with the catch.

And as my quote from CPS stated, the child has no head trauma from the fall. It happens ALL THE TIME that families will try and sue when it looks like they 'got hurt' by another companies carelessness.

I would have liked to have gotten some audio on the vid. I'm a firm believer in talking people down before using physical force.... so I'd like to know what was said before the tasing occurred.

Oh well. The article states the child is fine. The security guard should still be reprimanded though.
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
I know for a fact that you would have reacted and handled the situation much differently, where your main concern would have been the safety of the baby.
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Simple grade school science should have taught Sergeant Shockstick that maybe it's not terribly safe to pass a current through a man who's carrying an infant, lest that current also pass through said infant. Even if we're dealing with a best case scenario (meaning the baby is fine and there's no lasting damage), this is terrible PR for both the hospital as well as the police agency that employs the man.

The guard had enough time to consider his options; the fact that he went to his taser shows a clear lack of sound judgement on his part.

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