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Philadelphia Phillies’ Taser Incident is a Deterrent

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 5, 2010

On Monday evening a 17-year old “fan” decided to run rampant through the field at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.  A Philadelphia policeman chased down the criminal with his Taser quickly stopping the romp with no one getting hurt.  However, the trespasser did shake a bit on the ground as a few thousand volts “reminded” him that he was breaking the law.  Probably not what he thought the response would be when he knowingly broke the law.

It didn’t take long for the Progressives to start their Liberal dribble.  The pathetic American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said of the incident: “The officer’s response was completely out of proportion to the situation.”  For that bit of dribble, Attorney Mary Catherine Roper must be classified as a knucklehead.  When a criminal knowingly breaks the law there needs to be consequences and sometimes they need to be strong enough to act as deterrence in the future.  Let us remind Ms. Roper that in 2002 two similar trespassers attack Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa at a Chicago game with Gamboa suffering partial hearing loss.

Not only did the policeman use an appropriate response Tasering the Philadelphia trespasser, but he also sent a message to other would be criminals with similar intent.  Run out on a baseball field illegally and you’re in for a bad night.  Good work officer!

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2 Responses to “Philadelphia Phillies’ Taser Incident is a Deterrent”

  1. Chris said

    Steve,

    Your blog post on this got me thinking about our culture. I wonder, when was the first recorded instance of a person running around a pro sports field? I recall the streakers in the 70s who would run out on the field during a National Football League game, but I’m too young to remember sports events before this. I can’t imagine that this would have happened pre 1960, or that anyone from that era would have considered runnning around a field like a fool. I’m sure in the days of Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio the cops from that generation would have laid down a whooping on the perp that he’d never forget, and a Tasering would have been a birthday present compared to getting worked over with a night stick. Perhaps when a culture begins it’s decline the best indicator is when fans run out onto sports fields.

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