April 24, 2009

The Naked Wizard & The Police

The police have a very tough job. I am serious about that. Any time you deal with people you are bound to encounter situations that are going to be quite challenging. And we ask the police to deal with a million different kinds.

They not only have the so called normal citizens but all of the criminals and mentally ill to contend with as well. And now they get to do all of this in a time in which their interactions can be filmed and uploaded for millions of people to critique.

It is a tough job under any circumstances and that just makes it worse. Add to it the suspicion that many people have about cops and you have a recipe for all sorts of trouble.

Anyway, law enforcement is not for me. I have little to no interest in it and I certainly wouldn't want to have to deal with people like The Naked Wizard in the video below. I'll lay odds that these officers end up getting sued for tasering this man.

Now maybe he deserved it and maybe he didn't, hard to say without having see the whole event. What we know for certain is that in addition to this footage there has got to be all sorts of other short clips that were filmed by others. This should make for a fun investigation.

Naked Wizard Tased By Reality from Tracy Anderson on Vimeo.


Kol Ra'ash Gadol said...

Oh yeah, the guy was *Clearly* a threat to the police or others - not.
Drunk, probably
Stupid, certainly
annoying, oh yeah,
but tasers are really beyond whatis or should be legal here. The guy was not threatening them, he wasn't dong anything aggressive...
If the police aren't severely fired for this one, it's just wrong. I mean, the guy's white, and clearly not aggressive - can you imagine what this group might do in a situation that was a little threatening?

Jack said...

Oh yeah, the guy was *Clearly* a threat to the police or others - not. I don't think that we can say that he was or wasn't. Without knowing what happened before the "film" it is hard to come to a conclusion.

What we see is about 5 minutes of them trying to get him dressed and his refusal to do so.

I would be quite curious to see how the entire event unfolded.

Anonymous said...

in the police academy you are taught superior force, if someone comes at you with fists, you in turn use: multiple officers, a nightstick, or taser gun. If someone comes at you with a bat or a knife you use a gun. Its common sense. That being said he was a public disturbance, could have started a riot, and did resist arrest. While the officers were trying to arrest him he clearly grabs for the officers belt which contains his gun and taser. They went through proper procedure and gave him ample opportunities to comply, but he was looking for a confrontation. He even screams "This is the most beautiful thing I have ever encountered" whilst getting tased. They even kept getting his clothes he threw on the ground, and pleading with him to just put them back on...even his friends were trying to convince him. He obviously was hallucinating or looking for a confrontation.