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Tasered Mom Sues Cop–I Should Hope So!

According to this MSNBC article, Audra Harmon, a 38-year-old mother of three, was stopped,
Tasered, handcuffed, and arrested while her kids were left frightened and
unattended in her minivan for something like 40 minutes.  The incident began like this, Harmon told the Today Show’s Meredith Vieira:

“I was driving with my hand on
my cheek, and I think that’s what he saw,” Harmon told Vieira. “After I had
given him the chance to look in my purse, check for a cell phone, then he manufactured
the ticket with speeding. Again, I told him that he was wrong; I wasn’t
speeding, either. Then we went back and forth.”


It got worse from there, eventually resulting in the cop dragging Audra out of her car and Tasering her not once, but twice.

Suing’s appropriate and all, but in this case, I say, a Tase
for a Tase. Let this zapper-happy cop feel what it’s like to get shocked on the
side of the road – in front of his kids – during a routine traffic stop, and
see if he’s so quick to whip out his stun-gun a second time.



Watch the video below and see what you think.

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posted August 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

This man should be FIRED, and she should launch a civil suit against him. This man was pissed at her because she made him look stupid when she proved she was not on her cell phone and he abused his rights as a police officer by doing this to her. Absolutely disgusting behavior and this is why I believe there is a fine line between criminal and cop.

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posted August 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Stupid Dirty Harry wannabe’s give good, decent cops a bad rep. They deerve to be called out and thrown out of law enforcement

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posted August 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

What an as..hole! No wonder hiding behind a gun and a badge is intoxicating notion to those whose IQ limits their intellectual growth. This simply illustrates my long time belief about certain mental similarity of a cop and a mobster, where both trip on a power thing with at least the latter not being so cowardly to take it a notch up. To those of you who become cops genuinely out of respect and willingness to serve your fellow men, this does not apply.

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David Justice

posted August 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm


posted August 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I can’t even watch that video. It makes me sick that a cop would taser a mother in front of her CHILDREN. I hope he loses his job!

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posted August 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

We are only being given one side of the story; the side of a woman who was admittedly disrespectful of a police officer. The time to argue about a ticket is not when you receive it but in the court appearance afterwards. During a traffic stop it is best to deal with the officer in a calm and respectful manner. For some reason the officer felt that it was appropriate to taser this woman, unfortunately, we are not hearing his side of the story. We do not have enough information to pass any type of judgement on the police officer.

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posted August 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

TMJ, the tape speaks for itself. (Res ipsa loquitar.)
The brotherhood of police will protect a fellow member, especially in the matter of the inappropriate use of force while on duty. We saw that in Canada with the Robert Dzieka?ski where an e-mail which was not originally disclosed between senior RCMP officers indicates that the officers had agreed to taser on the way to the scene.
The question is: Are police responsible in the same way and to the same degree as their fellow citizens for inappropriate and dangerous use of a weapon? (Note: I understand and agree that there are situations where force including lethal force is warranted.)
Police need to be constrained by “rules of engagement”, and those rules have to be examined to determine their appropriateness. If they are inappropriate, they need to be changed. If they are appropriate and the officer violates them, the officer must be held accountable. If the breaking of them is seen as severe enough, then criminal charges as would apply to any civilian who uses a weapon in a dangerous and criminal fashion should apply. Police are citizens first and police second. The law should contain an exemption: “Except if you are an on-duty police officer”, and I think that police as a collective treat it as if it does.

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