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Tasered Mom's Children Left Unattended After Arrest
What About the Children of the Tasered Mom?
When Audra Harmon was tasered by a deputy in front of her two children, why were the children left unattended for over 40 minutes?
The story has it that Audra, the tasered mom, was stopped by Onondaga County, NY, deputy Sean Andrews. The deputy had pulled over to the edge of the road to let Harmon pass and as soon as she passed the deputy's car, he turned on the blue lights and stopped her. Apparently, she was stopped for talking on her cell phone.
Eventually, it seems that after a verbal exchange Andrews added speeding to the ticket, although he had no radar. It seems the exchange escalated until Andrews drew his taser gun and tasered the 38 year old mom in front of her 15 year old and 5 year old children.
Following her arrest --- after the tasering --- the two children were left alone for 40 minutes while Audra was hauled off to the hospital in an ambulance. The EMT's removed the taser bard from Audra's chest on the scene.
But, that brings us to the question of the children. Why were they left for 40 minutes while they waited for someone to pick them up? Isn't that negligence --- on the part of the offending party, the deputy?
Video Of Tasered Mom's Arrest
Should the "Authorities" Carry Tasers?
The Audra Harmon story is unfortunate to say the very least. But, Mrs. Harmon is one of the luckier ones. She survived the tasering event and now will seek compensation in a court of law. Others have not been so lucky.
In the instant case, not only was Mrs. Harmon injured sufficiently to be taken to the hospital, but with 6 officers on the site it appears that none took care of the two children left behind. It could be argued that the 15 year old was old enough to look after the 5 year old. In another circumstance that assumption could apply. However, after seeing his mother attacked by a sheriff's deputy, we should consider that the child --- and he is still a child --- was sufficiently upset to be unable to think straight, much less look after an upset younger sibling.
With such lack of forethought before taking action --- and this is just one incident --- should police officers or sheriff deputies be allowed to carry Tasers?
14 Year Old Tasered
Tasers Can Be Deadly
Depending on the health of the person being tasered, the results can be death. Police officers do not have a record of the person's health before applying the taser and most would not be qualified to make the judgment anyway.
That said, we all know that police officers and other authorities put their lives in danger everyday. That's a part of the job. However, as seen above too many of the people being tasered pose no threat to the officers. In fact, in either case cited above, a single officer could have subdued either of the subjects with brute force. So, why were they tasered?
It seems that in some cases we have "cowboy cops" who are all too eager to use their newest toy. In some cases, there is probably a need to use pepper spray or even a more stingent method of submission. However, the officers should not take the position of tasering first, and letting the chips fall where they may.
There have been close to 500 deaths related to tasering as of January 1, 2009. With the numbers rising, is tasering a safe and effective means of subduing a suspect? Probably not.