Report finds no wrongdoing in man's death
A report shows that Creston police officers did nothing wrong when they Tasered a man who died minutes after being released from jail.
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#1 Feb 13, 2009
I wasn't present when Mr. Adkisson was Tasered, and I haven't read any of the police reports on the incident, but I'll agree that the Creston police officers seem not to have violated their training when they used the Taser on Mr. Adkisson. But it doesn't necessarily follow that they did nothing wrong; it only means that they did nothing that calls for them to be punished.
How could they possibly have done something wrong by following their training? The answer is very simple: how do they know they were appropriately trained?
Let me anticipate the response to that question: because they get their training from a Taser Training Course taught by an instructor who had been certified by Taser International Inc., the company that manufactures Tasers.
Isn't it curious that so many of these suspicious in-custody deaths following Taser use occur in law enforcement agencies whose officers get their training in Taser use from a course developed by Taser International Inc. that is presented by someone who is certified by Taser International Inc., while law enforcement agencies that offer in-house training that differs somewhat from the "approved" course tend to have NO such suspicious in-custody deaths, or far fewer such deaths?
It raises an interesting question: What kind of "quality control standards" exist for law enforcement training courses? How can one tell whether a given course is going to train officers well, or poorly?
So far as I can tell, the law enforcement profession has NO standards for training courses!
So how do we know that the training in Taser use received by the officers of the Creston Police Department taught them how to use the Taser SAFELY?
The death of Ronald Raymond Adkisson fits a pattern that has been occurred in other deaths following use of a Taser.
I think one cannot rule out the possibility that the Taser caused the death of Mr. McKisson. There is no justification for punishing officers who acted in accordance with their training, but if their training led them to do something that caused Mr. McKisson's death, then their training needs to be altered, or the policies of the Creston Police Department need to be changed. And if these changes can't be made, maybe Creston police officers ought not to be carrying Tasers, until their effects on human beings are better understood.
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