Give a Cop a Taser, He Will Taser EverybodyS

A new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union says that police in New York are "consistently misusing and overusing Tasers." The study of hundreds of taserings found that the majority of them "did not meet expert-recommended criteria;" that 15% were "clearly inappropriate" cases, such as shocking someone who was already handcuffed; and that only 15% of Tasering victims were armed when the police zapped them.

The NYCLU wants police departments to reform their Taser policies and monitor the weapons' usage more closely. But do we really want to tie the hands of our officers in the field? I don't recall hearing about any of these alleged "inappropriate" Taserings.

[NYCLU via Sean Gardiner/ WSJ. Photo via AP]