Excessive force? The police say no:
(CBS/ AP) Philadelphia police say an officer appears to have acted appropriately when he used a Taser to subdue a teenager who ran onto the field during a Phillies game.
Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman, says Commissioner Charles Ramsey reviewed the tape and felt the officer had acted within the department’s guidelines, which allow officers to use Tasers to arrest fleeing suspects. Vanore says internal affairs is still investigating.
We join the action in the 8th inning. The kid does a head-first slide at about the nine-second mark that Pete Rose would be proud of:
He’s pretty elusive — I hear the Detroit Lions are drafting a contract for him as we speak.
As much as I hate punks that run on the field and disrupt the game, the fact that a taser was needed to take down one unarmed teen seems a bit much, but maybe it seemed like a good idea in the heat of the moment. The point being that cities might be able to avoid costly lawsuits if they had cops who were in better shape.
Lucky for the city this kid is white, or they might have been in some serious hot water.
To my knowledge even the father and son who attacked the Kansas City Royals first base coach (who says dads don’t spend time with their kids anymore?) a few years ago weren’t even tasered — the if anybody deserved it, those two did.
In any case, this picture is destined to be taped to the lockers of mall cops everywhere:
Update: I prefer how football players take out errant fans.