It happened Tuesday in Halifax County, North Carolina when a man fell off his bike, prompting calls to the cops that he might be drunk. When an officer tried to stop him, he rode away on his bike. That’s when the officer used the stun gun, which caused the man to fall off his bike, hit his head, and eventually, die.
Sometimes, an officer is questioned for not using a Taser. In Farmington, Maine, for example, a veteran reportedly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder was shot and killed last Saturday by a police officer who decided not to use his Taser.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.