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California Man Tasered With 1200 Volts For Traffic Offence

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California Court Rules Police Taser Darts 'Excessive Force'

Wimpy Judge Goes Soft On Crime

California: Court reaffirms ruling that tasers should only be used against motorists in extreme cases.

Judge Kim Wardlaw reaffirmed a decision limiting the ability of police to taser motorists over minor traffic violations.

Officer Brian McPherson blasted motorist Carl Bryan, then 21, with a 1200-volt taser during a traffic stop over a minor infraction on the Coronado Bridge near San Diego, five years ago. Bryan lost four of his front teeth and was hit with "resisting arrest" charges. He sued, claiming excessive force had been used.

"We concluded that Officer Brian MacPherson used excessive force when, on July 24, 2005, he deployed his X26 taser in dart mode to apprehend Carl Bryan for a seatbelt infraction, where Bryan was obviously and noticeably unarmed, made no threatening statements or gestures, did not resist arrest or attempt to flee, but was standing inert twenty to twenty-five feet away from the officer," Judge Kim Wardlaw summarized.

The court slightly modified its opinion to grant Officer MacPherson qualified immunity because he could have made a "reasonable mistake" given the uncertain state of the law at the time.

If he'd been wearing his seat-belt none of this would have happened. Let the police do their job!

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Police shoot man for not wearing seatbelt?

Coming soon to a high street near you.

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I am more interested in what this "reasonable mistake" could possibly have been. I am sure that possible explanations would make for something amusing to discuss rather than anything sensible.

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Lucky the SWAT team was busy dealing with a vicious case of overstaying a parking meter.

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