Police are sometimes tasered during their training to help them understand how it feels. However, a person that is being subdued by law enforcement is in a completely different situation. When police are tasered it’s for demonstration purposes only, it happens in a controlled environment, they willingly let other people tase them, they usually know the person who is doing it, and they know that it will be over in the next few seconds. That is never the case when a civilian is being tasered. From the civilian’s perspective, it is frightening, oppressive, painful, and potentially life-threatening. Police may know what it feels like to have electricity zap through them, but they have no idea what it’s like to be cattle prodded by a group of armed aggressors.
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