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This decision focused on the fact that the officer MEANT to use a taser.

So we don't have to explore why a taser was necessary in a custodial situation with an unarmed man.

We just accept that part and move on.
It didn't matter that the officer negligently kept his gun where his taser should be.

Shooting an unarmed man already in your custody was just an "honest mistake" no harm, no foul.
By the way, the incident?

They were searching the man and he dropped a small amount of drugs and tried to hide it with his foot.

The officer then attacked him and "a struggle ensued" supposedly necessitating the use of a taser.
You do not need a taser to subdue an unarmed person in custody in a police precinct.

You just don't.

Nurses, therapists and teachers deal with worse daily without tasing or shooting anyone.
Basically cops continue to prove that they are less courageous and less able to deal with conflict than nurses.
The knowledge that you can beat, strangle, electrocute or kill your way out of any situation, and the acceptance of your application of those tactics against anything that threatens you isn't bravery.
Reflexively resorting to violence (especially asymmetrical or deadly violence) to handle perceived threats is literally cowardice.

Especially when you know that your violence is inherently protected and theirs is inherently illegal.
Bravery? That's being willing to risk taking one on the chin in order to prioritize the preservation of safety and life.

EVERYONE'S safety and life.
We have a word for people who employ violence against those they know are unable to reciprocate.

Bullies.

Police are just deadly ones.
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