Friday, April 16, 2010

 

BART transit sergeant shoots Taser at 13-year-old boy on bike, fortunately misses


by Larry Geller

Unlike the incident described in the article below, this officer wasn’t even disciplined. But all BART transit police are being required to temporarily turn in their Taser weapons.

The final straw, apparently, came after an April 1st incident when BART police sergeant who was responding to a call about an alleged assault at the Richmond BART station.

Multiple sources said the sergeant was pursuing a 13-year-old boy who was fleeing the scene on a bicycle and reportedly deployed his Taser at the teen through the passenger window of his vehicle.

Sources said -- and the police chief confirmed -- that the shot missed and the youth was uninjured, but that the way the Taser was used was raising numerous questions. [KTVU, BART Police Ordered To Turn In Tasers, 4/15/2010]

Can you imagine what would have happened if the sergeant had connected with his Taser??

The linked article includes a video report.

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