Some die after being tasered; some are badly hurt. Their angry loved ones regularly appeal for justice in the media. Are tasers really safe, or just an easy way for some in law enforcement not to have to work too hard? A look at America’s love affair with the “safe” law-enforcement toy, the stun gun.
The spit mask—or spit hood or spit sock or spit net—serves a reasonable goal: It protects law enforcement personnel from the potentially deadly bodily fluids of an aggressive detainee. If used properly, it’s perfectly safe; but it can be used unnecessarily, or even inappropriately, as when it’s used to trap pepper spray on its victim’s skin, or when it contributes to a choking death.
From officers passed-out drunk while driving their cruisers, to prescription-drug scams, to simple abuse of authority; we present a rogue’s gallery of bent cops.
One thing people say about the Midwest is how nice people are there. One intoxicated Lincoln County, Wisconsin man proved no exception when he pulled up behind a police cruiser on the side of the road and offered his help. You might be able to guess what happened next.
They’re dedicated and committed, sometimes to a fault. Ten tales of crime fighting and the K-9 officer.
Newport News, Virginia, cop Christopher Roush, 41, was arrested by his own department for allegedly standing naked on a porch.
Former police chief of Rankin, Penn., Darryl Briston, was arrested and tased into compliance. He died of cardiac arrest soon after.
New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, a six-year veteran of the force, was arrested yesterday, and charged with conspiracy to kidnap, which hardly describes the extent of what he seems to have been up to. According to the criminal complaint, he was planning to kidnap women in order to rape, torture, kill, cook and cannibalize them — not necessarily in that order.
It was hilarious in Super Troopers, but in Florida, a high-speed prank — captured on police dash cam video — resulted in serious consequences for two members of the police department.