Tasers are a great tool for police officers. It gives them one more option before needing to use deadly force. Anything that can come into play that can prevent the use of deadly force is a great tool for police.
Without a taser and only a handgun, what do you do when someone is going to violently assault an officer even with just their fists?
The officer has to think about several things including the fact that a violent person has the ability to grab the officerâ??s gun and use it on them in close quarters. A taser, prevents this from happening because the violent offender, gets zapped, lives in 99.9% of cases and then gets arrested. If you leave the officer with their gun as their only weapon, it'd be justifiable for them to shoot someone that attacks them even if the attacker is using less force (their fists) because of the risk this person creates with the possibility that they will grab the officerâ??s gun and use it against them. Like I said before anything that will prevent the use of deadly force is a great tool for police. Unfortunately this person died from something that will not kill someone the very vast majority of the time.
The reason why shooting someoneâ??s knee or hand doesn't work is very simple.
First, police officers are not going to shoot someone if their life or a victimâ??s life is not in danger and even so, in a lot of cases police will try to handle the situation with other means first.
When it is justifiable to shoot someone, it is a decision that is made with the intent to kill the person they are shooting because of the threat they pose to the officerâ??s life and the people they may harm in the community.
You shoot at the body and not the legs because, it is a larger target and much easier to stop the criminal as quickly as possible. In these situations there is no time to waste trying to disable the criminals arm or leg. Plus if shot in the upper thigh, good chances are you'll hit an artery and have them bleed out anyways. When someone is shooting at you, why would you risk your life to try and stop them without killing them, by taking hard shots at a much smaller target. That is how you wind up dead.
The police are not out there to kill people. They are only going to use deadly force when a perpetrator of the law is also going to be using deadly force. You shoot to kill for you safety as well as the publics.