"The San Diego regularly shoot (and kill) mentally ill bums armed with sticks, branches or other weapons of mass destruction."
If you'd prefer to stand your ground when confronting a mentally ill person with a deadly weapon, go right ahead. No complaints from your family about the cost of your funeral, please.
SDPD issues nunchucks. Unless the officer knows what they're doing with them, they go directly to guns. Waiting for a sergeant to show up with a Taser is too little too late.
Taser is a lifesaving tool, and these situations are exactly why.
@ Steve Wright (from the article)
>> says this will prompt increasingly dangerous Taser use: "People armed with Tasers will now aim at the head - the officer may end up blind."
Even a Taser hit in the eyeball does not guarantee blindness. I've heard of two cases of this: one where the person yanked out the dart and lost sight in that eye; another where the officers reassured them 'it happened all the time' and took them to the hospital where a surgeon was able to remove the dart safely.
>> Steve Wright, an expert on non-lethal weapons at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK,
I'm underwhelmed by an expert on non-lethal weapons who doesn't understand the basics of how a Taser works, and in a country that bans guns too.
The nature of the dart spread makes head shots unwieldy at best, more likely impossible beyond point blank.
Taser proof clothing would encourage officers to go hands on with the emotionally disturbed, knowing that if they touch the wires while cuffing or get accidentally Tased (hey, it can happen!) that they won't then be helpless in close contact with the EDP.
As for a criminal who wears Taser proof clothing, that seems an open invitation to deadly force. Awkward if the original issue is a misdemeanor.
I've even heard the argument that Tasering suspects reduces worker's compensation claims by police officers (they don't get hurt as much going hands on.)