Originally posted by JS357
This is a moral philosophy poser for those interested. The most complete coverage I have found is at:
I am interested in your views on the moral transgressions and/or failures that apply to this incident; and who transgressed. There could be more than one.
Allegedly the violation was initially, walk ...[text shortened]... make any assumptions, please state them. If you rely on the Babcock information, please say so.
there is no moral consideration here, only a legal one. the questions that should be asked are:
-did the park ranger have authority/justification to demand identity from the individual?
-did the park ranger have authority/justification to detain the individual?
-did the individual provide false information (weather or not he was obligated to do so?)
and most importantly, did the ranger attempt a peaceful arrest before resorting to the use of a taser?
keep in mind that a taser is legally supposed to be used against violent suspects in lieu of a firearm when non-lethal take-downs are possible.
what this means is that any situation where officers would be justified in firing their gun, they have the option of using a taser instead.
from witness accounts, there was no legal justification for the park ranger to use her taser. she should be reprimanded and sent on non-paid leave pending retraining.
as for the misdemeanor charge of providing false information, the individual in question likely deserved to be released without charges based on the injustice heaped upon him.