Yes, Tasers ARE “Less Lethal” & Shaun King is a Moron

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In digging through Google this morning, looking to see if the autopsy report for Chinedu Okobi, the brother of the Facebook executive who is on the cop hating warparth, had been released yet, I stumbled upon a piece written by our favorite white guy who pretends he is black, Shaun King.  The title of the piece is “My Morehouse Brother Chinedu Okobi Died After Being Electrocuted by Police. Tasers Are Not ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons.”

Holy crap!  How is it actually possible for someone who is college educated to be this stupid?

Hey Shaun, dipshit, the term is “less lethal,” not “non-lethal.”

LESS, as in not always, not necessarily, not designed to…

Here, maybe this will help.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

LESS – adjective
1 : constituting a more limited number or amount
– less than three
– less than half done

2 : of lower rank, degree, or importance
– no less a person than the president himself

3a : of reduced size, extent, or degree
b : more limited in quantity
– in less time

To put that in context, Tasers and other electronic control devices are designated “less lethal” because they are 1) not designed to kill and 2) in normal conditions, do not kill.  This phrase, “less lethal,” is specifically chosen because it differentiates Tasers and other “less lethal” devices from lethal weapons, such as firearms.  Items such as a beanbag shotgun are also designated “less lethal,” but that does not mean they cannot kill you, it just means they are not designed or intended to cause death.

Now, for Shaun, and for Ebele Okobi (the Facebook exec), and all the others out there who are slow on the up take, Tasers are not the cause of death.  In almost all instances where someone died after being Tasered, the cause of death was a heart attack, which is what happened to Chinedu Okobi.   The reason they are suffering a heart attack is from extreme physical exertion, usually a pre-existing heart condition, and more often than not, illicit drugs on board.  That extreme physical exertion, that is the part where they are fighting the cops, which is what causes them to get Tased.

Coincidentally enough, many other people suffer heart attacks during extreme physical exertion, even world class runners have been known to have heart attacks while exercising.  But I digress…

Back before we had Tasers, you know how cops handled someone who was violently resisting arrest?  They beat them into submission, with batons, fists, and boots, and whatever else, because we had no other way to stop them.  You know what used to happen a lot more back before we had Tasers?  People died from heart attacks while being beaten by the cops while they violently resisted arrest.  You know what happens far less now?  I’ll give you one guess…

So let us examine this specific case since King seems so happy to lay all the blame on the “racist white cops” and their “police violence.”  As King so accurately points out, while unnecessarily drawing out his Okobi’s race, “He was a big Black man, a dark-skinned Nigerian who was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed 330 pounds.”

He was a big dude, a very big dude.  What King does not tell you, intentionally, is that the first officer to contact Okobi was attacked by him and called for cover.  That officer was later treated at the hospital for his injuries.  Five cops struggled with Okobi trying to get him in custody, but were unable to get him to comply until they used a Taser.

Of course, King tries to draw a correlation between deploying a Taser and shooting him with a gun, because theatrics sell and that is what King does.  “Let me phrase that another way: Chinedu was still shot, but by guns that electrocute people to death instead of tearing apart their flesh and organs with bullets.”

King rambles on for a few paragraphs blaming everyone but the violently resisting guy, and then he drops this pile a steaming horse hockey:

“That such dangerous shocks would be administered to people with mental illnesses is especially upsetting. Every single day in this country, hundreds of thousands of nurses treat adults and children who are living with mental illness.  Those patients are regularly in crisis, and nurses consistently face them down without ever having to electrocute them into submission.”

So, let me get this straight, just because a guy has mental illness, that means he is not a danger?  A 6’3” 330 pound guy, who happens to be mentally unstable, is not a threat?  Am I getting that right Shaun?  Oh yes, by all means, draw a comparison to hospitals.  Fine, we can go there, seeing as my wife is a nurse and I have spent quite a bit of time sitting in an ER while on duty with arrestees.  You know what they have in hospitals, you freaking idiot, they have sedatives that they administer to violent patients.  You know what else I have seen done in the ER was the staff calling the cops for violent patients who have assaulted staff, and the patient then got Tased by the cops in order to get the patient back under control, strapped down onto the bed, so that they could be SEDATED.

King is an idiot, and he draws comparisons that are not remotely comparable, all the while blaming it on skin color.

You know what King does not address is just how many people were saved by the use of a Taser.  “What the hell is this guy talking about?” you are asking yourself.  Think of all the people who were armed, and instead of shooting them with a firearm, the cops managed to use a Taser to get them to drop their weapon or stun them until they could be subdued.

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In my career, I personally have Tased three men who all would have been shot had we not had a Taser.  One was a suicidal guy standing in the middle of a cul-de-sac holding a handgun.  With plenty of lethal cover, I approached him from the side until I was in range and deployed the Taser, causing him to drop the handgun.  He went to the hospital and lived to see another day.

On another occasion, a crazy guy in a care home lit the apartment on fire and armed himself with a butcher knife.  All of the staff and the other patients fled, but the crazy guy remained inside, and the fire department refused to enter to fight the fire because there was a crazy guy armed with a knife.  So two of my partners and I went to the apartment, kicked open the door and there he was, standing 20′ inside the smoke filled, burning apartment holding the 10” butcher knife.  I deployed the Taser, he went to the floor, we got the knife away, dragged him out alive and fire saved the building.

And on the last occasion, which happened to be caught on dashcam, a suicidal retired firefighter with terminal cancer, was sitting on his front porch, facing sideways to the house, holding a handgun.  He was refusing to drop the weapon and would not comply with any directions.  He wanted us to kill him, he was hoping for suicide by cop, and it was starting to look like we were going to oblige him.  I told the deputy who was calling out the commands (he is a Lieutenant now…) that I was going to circle around, come up behind the guy and Tase him, which I did.  As I hit him with the Taser, he dropped the gun, rolled forward out of the chair, and my partners rushed forward and detained him.  He left that situation alive, but eventually the cancer got him.

In all three of those instances, people’s lives were saved, and a cop did not have to live with the aftermath of taking someone’s life, because we had a Taser.  And that is just the experiences of one cop in one jurisdiction.  Imagine what those stats are like nationwide.

So, go ahead, scream, clamor, demand that cops stop using Tasers.  When cops start killing more people because you took away one of our more effective LESS LETHAL options, I’ll be here to say I told you so.

Sacramento Sheriff’s Race – An Easy Choice

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I grew up in Sacramento, I still live in Northern California, and I have quite a few friends who work for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, so I tend to stay abreast of things happening there.  The current election cycle coming up has four candidates vying for the position of Sheriff, and of those four, there are only two real contenders.  Bret Daniels, who runs every single time, is a former Sacramento deputy who got fired, whom I have written about in the past, and then there is Donna Cox, another former deputy who was a sergeant at the time she left the department and, at least from what I have heard via the rumor mill, left under somewhat bizarre circumstances.  Neither of them have much support at all, and almost none from actual members of the department.  That brings us to the two front runners, the current Sheriff, Scott Jones, and the primary contender, Milo Fitch.

As an oath keeping, pro-second amendment cop myself, Scott Jones definitely has done some things that I find very reassuring.  One of his earliest campaign promises when he first ran for office was that he would make significant changes to the department’s concealed carry licensing program, and that is a promise he kept.  In fact, that is one of the primary reasons that numerous California Democrat politicians have gone on the offensive against Jones and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  In fact, certain California lawmakers have singled out Jones and the department when discussing gun laws and concealed carry licensing.  Also, Jones is also a strong vocal supporter of stricter immigration enforcement and he has even met with President Trump to discuss the matter which has only further angered the liberal left.

Beyond his pro-2A stance and his immigration policies, even according to the cop hating Sacramento Bee, crimes rates in Sacramento dropped under Sheriff Jones while the rest of the nation saw increases.  In fact, a survey of Sacramento residents was conducted and 80% of the respondents were happy with their interactions with the Sheriff’s Department under Jones’ leadership.  In fact, 200 jail inmates were surveyed and they also overwhelmingly had positive responses about the department.  The only group who raised a stink about the results of that survey was Black Lives Matter, so that should tell you something right there.

The list of people endorsing Scott Jones for Sheriff is a quite impressive list of law enforcement labor organizations, current and former law enforcement professionals, including department heads, and many other groups and individuals.

Being friends with a number of people who work for Scott Jones, I conducted my own, very limited in scope survey.  The overwhelming majority of them viewed Jones as a good leader.  As is typical with ALL cops, they could all point to one or two things that they did not like, such as a new policy, or something that was said or done, but those same people said they definitely supported Jones, especially when compared to the other options available.

That brings us to Milo Fitch, Jones’ main competition in the race.  Fitch, like all the others, previously worked for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  He had a long career that culminated with him in the rank of chief deputy, one of the highest ranks in the department, where he served under Sheriff Jones.  However, his career ended very abruptly when an investigation was opened into some shady deals where he used his position to push policies that benefited a business owned and operated by a woman he was dating at the time, the very woman whom he has since married.  Fitch, rather than ride out the investigation, chose to retire after serving only nine (9) months as a chief deputy.  Had he stayed in his position for a mere three (3) months longer, his retirement would have seen nearly a $5000 per year increase.  Instead, he up and bailed.  What is that old saying, something about running being the international sign of guilt?

Going beyond the very questionable circumstances in which he left the department, considering some of Fitch’s policy ideas is a scary proposition, especially from a law and order point of view.  Fitch makes it very clear where his priorities lie: pushing the Democrat party talking points.  Milo is pushing for stronger gun control laws, you know, because of how lax current California gun laws are…  He was a supporter of propositions 47 and 57, and supports further “criminal justice reform” while suggesting that different communities in Sacramento are treated differently by law enforcement (ie: racial bias, racism).  He is also suggesting the current bail system needs reform, which the current Democrat plan is to eliminate bail altogether.  Exactly none of those things are proposals that are supported by law enforcement, especially not line level working cops.  In fact, that all seem to be nothing but liberal talking points.

In speaking to my friends who work for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, several of them have told me that Fitch had a split reputation on the department.  Some people had good feelings about him, while others referred to him as “Milo Snitch,” although none of the people I spoke to could tell me from what circumstances that nickname originated.

Nicknames aside, the position of Sheriff is not a popularity contest, and whether the cops on that department like the Sheriff or not does not necessarily indicate the type of job they will do as Sheriff, but it most definitely does make a difference when it comes to employee morale.  If you want to know what type of influence employee morale plays in how well an agency functions, just look at the Sacramento Police Department over the last couple years.  They have been in turmoil, but not because the employees are bad.  In fact, it is quite the opposite, they have a large number of well educated, well trained excellent cops who are dedicated to keeping their city safe, but their leadership has been abysmal which has caused a mass exodus from that department leaving them in a large staffing shortage.

Speaking of what is happening to the Sacramento Police Department and their current turmoil, take a look at some of Fitch’s top supporters.  It is a laundry list of liberal democrats from the Sacramento City government, including Mayor Darrell Steinberg, six (6) Sacramento City Councilmembers, anti-gun, anti-law enforcement CA Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, the cop hating Sacramento Bee, and a laundry list of other liberal democrats and leftist organizations.

One of those leftist organizations supporting FItch is named “Real Justice PAC” which is run by none other than the cop hater extraordinaire himself, Shaun King.  King has a long history of fanning anti-law enforcement sentiment and stirring up angry folks to the point that they have rioted and destroyed their own city (ie: Ferguson).  Most recently, in fact only a couple of days ago, King pushed a completely bogus narrative that caused not one, but two Texas Troopers to receive death threats from his followers.  When body cam footage of the incident in question was released, King deleted his post and pretended nothing happened.  About eight hours later, he published a blog post admitting the original incident did not happen like he had previously said, but he never once offered any sort of apology to the two cops whose lives he endangered.  In fact, he did quite the opposite and tried to make himself out as the victim in the whole incident.

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Here is Fitch posing with Shaun King at a recent event in Sacramento, hosted by King.  But hey, don’t take my word for it, take Fitch’s.

So, besides policies, departmental reputations, history of criminal or potentially criminal issues, and who they choose to hang out with, one other important factor to consider is from where these candidates are getting their money.  In Jones’ case, the overwhelming majority of the money is coming from Sacramento residents, Sacramento business owners, and the Sacramento Deputy Sheriff’s Association (a good sign when the union supports the existing boss).  Fitch on the other hand has received the vast majority of his money from two very liberal Bay Area / Silicon Valley billionaires (Kaitlyn J. Trigger Kreiger and Patty Quillin) and Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC.

Now, I cannot tell you who to vote for, but I can tell you that if I were a resident of Sacramento County, I know who would get my vote.  It is clear to me that there is only one candidate who not only has Sacramento’s best interest at heart, but he also has Sacramento’s support, and that is Scott Jones.

Shaun King Has Gone Too Far

I’m pretty sure most of the people who follow this page do not follow Shaun King, or the guy whose nickname I love, Talcum X. If you don’t know who Shaun is, he is a Black Lives Matter organizer who gained fame during the Ferguson riots. Shaun is a white guy who, like Rachel Dolezal, pretends to be black. Shaun has somehow become a regular contributor to the NY Daily News among other places, and he has 1.5 million followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Shaun hates cops and constantly stirs both anti-cop and racial tensions.

Shaun is a boil on the ass of society, yet he has a large public voice and the liberals seem to love him.

Yesterday, King made a Facebook post (he has since deleted the post, but you can see a screen shot of the entire post at the bottom of this) regarding an incident that took place early in the morning yesterday in Texas. He got his information via third and fourth parties, but since it was derogatory of cops, he took this fairytale as gospel. Not only did he take it as gospel, but he put this total hearsay in his Facebook post as if it were factual, like he actually witnessed it and knows for a fact that it all occurred.

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The crux of matter is a Texas State Trooper made a vehicle stop on a suspected drunk driver. The trooper arrested the driver and took her to jail.

And in the most shocking of news, the person who was arrested claims they did not commit the crime… Gasp!

According to King’s post, the Texas cop not only arrested this attractive young lady only because he did not like her attitude, but before transporting her to the jail, he sexually assaulted her.

Those are some pretty serious allegations.

Now, I am not saying that could never happen, but anyone who pays attention knows that Texas Department of Public Safety has dash cams in their cars. Hell, King should know this since one of the cases he is always harping about, Sandra Bland, was a traffic stop by Texas DPS and the whole incident was captured on dash cam. Knowing that there is going to be dash cam footage, a remotely semi-intelligent person might wait for the video before making such definitive statements, including claims of severe criminal conduct, but good old Talcum X is not that smart. Neither are his followers, who have begun threatening to kill the officer and his family.

The sheer volume of idiots who take the crap King spews as gospel is downright scary.

Due to the severity of the allegations, and the instant public uproar, the Texas DPS not only reviewed the dash cam footage of the stop, but they released a public statement saying that nothing on the video remotely corroborates the claims.

In other words, the allegations are total bullshit.

Yet, knowing that the Texas DPS has reviewed the video and says none of this is true, King has not done anything to try and lower the tensions.  He has not updated his post, amended it, edited it, nothing.  He has made zero effort to calm the crowd that he has personally gotten all riled up.  If you ask me, not only based on his original post, but based on his lack of actions since the Texas DPS released their public statement, King’s actions seem to fit the criteria of inciting a riot.  Perhaps it is time that cop hating race pimp face some legal consequences for his despicable behavior.  If nothing else, he needs to be sued for libel.

My buddy Donut Operator put together a nice video covering this whole mess and he came to much the same conclusions that I have.  In fairness, he did his video last night while I lazily laid on the couch watching a movie with my family.


 

Seeing as King has deleted his original Facebook post, and is trying to pretend it never happened, here it is.

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