Tasered Student Prompts Questions

After a UF college student was tasered, many are left wondering about the use of tasers on college campuses. At East Carolina University, tasers are a part of an officers uniform. The East Carolina Police department started using them four years ago. According to Major Frank Knight they've only have four incidents where someone was tased. The most recent incident happened last week at the football game. Students say they have mixed feeling about the use of tasers on campus.


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  • by Elizabeth Location: ECU Med sch on Sep 20, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    This kid who recieved the taser whole heartedly deserved it. He refused a Lawful order to calm down and leave the area of the speach. The kid was out of control and when he failed to cooperate he created a force situation for the police. This kid was tasered because he would not cooperate plain and simple. My friend was tasered last year for not cooperating and was also intoxicated. he told me that he learned his lesson and was glad he got tasered instead of the baton. Also, this kid obviously has attention issues based on stunts he has pulled in the past, the kid needs to be punished end of story.
  • by Cathy Viviano Location: ANONYMOUS on Sep 20, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    Why was the student tasered? The police should be investigated by law enforcement authorities. I smell a lawsuit coming!
  • by Tim Location: Geenville on Sep 20, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    I agree with the use of a taser if there is only one or two cops handling a person. But when you have six cops on one person they should be able to handcuff him without the use of a taser. The guy was not breaking any law until the cops tried to man handle him which they had no right to. Then they hit the easy button by using the taser. Tell me how did law enforcement handle people before tasers? Now its standard to get tased for any reason instead of the right reasons. If a cop uses a taser just because its the easy way then they should be charged with assult.
  • by AJ Location: Greenville on Sep 20, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    The use of tasers in situations that otherwise can not be controlled is one thing and an appropriate use of force. In this situation- the college student was far out numbered by the authorities and I do not believe this was necessary. At the time he was pleading for the tasers not to be used- he could have be removed by the number of officiers that were all over him.
  • by Denise Location: Engelhard on Sep 20, 2007 at 05:25 AM
    True,tasers are not the problem. When they should be used is. They were enough inforcement there to get the problem under control without the use of a taser(s). I agree taser should be used but ONLY when needed. With all that inforcement they could of easily removed the young man even "IF" he was making a fool of himself. Keep the tasers, use them dont abuse them.
  • by Arthur Location: Morehead City on Sep 20, 2007 at 05:09 AM
    A person failing to respond to an order from a police officer is very serious situation and potentially dangerous to the police officer and anyone in the area. The force needed, including taser, to get control of the situation and remove the problem needs to be applied. Also, the taser is a better option than baton or gun for everyone. Bottom line, everyone needs to have more respect for an order from an law enforcement officer. The debate of if the order was apporiate for the situation can be debated when the incident is in control.
  • by angela Location: rocky mount on Sep 20, 2007 at 03:09 AM
    I see nothing wrong with having a taser on a college campus. What if you have someone who is belligent and ready to attack and you have nothing to subdue this person with...taser is better than a bullet.
  • by Heather Location: Greenville on Sep 19, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    The kid at the Kerry speach was trying to get attention and made a fool of himself. He then refused to calm down and exit the area peacefully, therefore he was tased. Tasers should not be the problem here because they were not used until needed. the kid got what he deserves.
  • by jason Location: greenville/ ECU alumni on Sep 19, 2007 at 07:43 PM
    Tasers are not the issue here. if people would stop and pay attention to the whole story they would see that the taser was not even used until the violator refused to calm down and cooperate. lets look at the whole situation before we make judgement against the law. The kid would not calm down and cooperate, so therefore the taser was the next step, and it looked like it worked. This kid was just trying to get attention and make a fool of himself is what he did.
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