How badly do the police need Tasers?
Pretty badly. After all, if police in Nashua, New Hampshire hadn't had Tasers this woman might have gotten away with the crime of buying more iPhones than the Apple store policy allowed.
In a story that's bound to be widely picked up, local TV news stations in New England were having a field day Wednesday with blurry cellphone video of a tiny 44-year-old Chinese woman being held to the ground and tasered outside an Apple Store by a pair of Nashua, N.H., police.
Yes, according to CNN, the woman, who apparently speaks no English, bought two iPhones on Friday and was sent away when she tried to buy more for relatives in China. When she ordered more online and returned to the store to pick them up they again refused her and told her to leave.
She got upset, they called the police, and the police decided to hit her with 50,000 volts.
What I found most striking in this story is that the police didn't even pretend that they needed to do it to protect the safety of the officers or bystanders.
“The officer approached her, told her she wasn't welcome in the store, and she refused to leave,” Nashua police captain Bruce Hansen told WCVB TV. He described the use of electroshock weapons as standard procedure when a subject refuses to obey a lawful order or resists arrest.