Some claim that maybe the officer didn't have time to get the taser out and ready. But does that mean there was more time to get the gun out and ready? Experts state that it comes down to what the officer felt at that time in the situation. An officer will rely on his intuition to influence these split second decisions. Sometimes even more than protocol. If an officer is in fear for his or her life, he or she can use deadly force to thwart the threat.
Of course this still leads back to the same question. Can't you taser the person, which makes them incapacitated, especially if they are on the smaller side, and then cuff them? One issue is that police are not required to carry a taser. And, even if the officer has one, it is not always effective and it can cause heart attacks in the person being tasered.
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