Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, August 25, 2006

Man Dies After Being Tasered By Police

The suspect was displaying what he called "assaultive behavior" and did not stop when ordered - the officer feared for his life when the man turned toward him.

Yeah Right!

The (August 5th) incident started with a drug bust at a field in Louisville. Police said Ryan Wilson, 22, admitted to growing marijuana before running away from police. Officers chased Wilson and Officer John Harris eventually confronted him and used a 50,000 volt TASER.

Investigators said Harris immediately noticed something was wrong. "As soon as the individual went into convulsions, the officer, himself, started CPR on the individual and called for the ambulance to respond," said Sgt. Bill Palmer with the Lafayette Police Dept. "So, he was doing CPR along with another officer when the ambulance arrived."

The Boulder County coroner was conducting an autopsy to determine why a man died.

It is my guess the scope of the coronal inquiry will not include the required policy analysis... nor get at real the truth of the taser's application, time to medically intervene or why there seems to be tension between the Police claim of "assaultive behavior" and the suspect running away...

This tragedy will not allay legitimate public fears related to taser use, will not inspire confidence in police and may indeed bring even the coronal inquiry into disrepute. (let alone address the family's angst and anger and this extra-judicial capital punishment - see video )

All over 'some pot' that in Denver City down the road, is, by public treaty and vote given a low priority.

So, then... where are Denverites going to grow, who is going to grow and how it will arrive into the hands of those who are the consumers?

And that all presumes this now dead young man wasn't growing for his own use. The right to possess is a barren right without the right to cultivate, store, trade and consume.

The malfunction was not the taser rather the grotesque enforcement of a law in wholesale disrepute.

/Blair Anderson
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