So the guy in this video just settled for $40,000 after being tasered by an overzealous cop. The cop seemed quick on the taser, but I also know that “routine traffic stops” are the most common cause of cop killing and the cop being alone and the driver was a little excited. . .
I am sure Jeff will scold me for not being outraged enough about the tasering. I am outraged that the cop never said, “you are under arrest.” Can you arrest someone for failing to sign a citation? I am appalled that this is what can happen for asking perfectly legal questions like “what is the citation for?”, “can we go back and see if there is a sign?” and “read me my rights.” OK, I am outraged.
BUT, my real question relates to our previous 4th Amendment discussion because the cop searches the car after he arrests the dude. Seems that is illegal (until that other case goes before the court). Right?
I also like how the cop recounts a completely different version of events to cop #2 who shows up at the end as back-up. In the recounted version cop #1 says he told the driver he was under arrest and warned him before tasering him — yay videocameras.
Oh, and OUCH!