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 retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.