Red Bank police are learning to use Tasers this week in hopes of avoiding a repeat of a 2006 incident in which an intoxicated man hurt police and a bystander at a convenience store.
In the Oct. 12 incident, a 31-year-old Bledsoe County man whom police termed "visibly intoxicated" allegedly asked a Conoco clerk for a ticket to the planet Mars. When he could not obtain one, he became irate, assaulted a customer at the Morrison Springs Road store and later fought with officers who tried to take him into custody, police said.
"We had to call Chattanooga (police) out here with a Taser to get it under control," said Red Bank Police Chief Larry Sneed, saying the incident prompted him to start "a lot of research on Tasers."
In a related train of thought, at last night's city commission meeting, the taser deal was brought up and the follicly-challenged then-mayor said he might have to consider getting tasered when he learned "it'll make your hair stand up on end".
It was also pointed out that one of the cops commented, while leaving after having been tasered, "That's the damn dumbest thing I've ever done".
Chief Sneed pointed out that "training" would continue this morning (03/21). I considered attending, but I wanted to be the one pulling the trigger.
I was also wondering if there's a way to hook up one of those jobbies with seven wires - one wire for each commission seat. That way, we citizens could vote just like on Judge Joe Brown's show.
(Maybe an extra wire for the attorney's seat just for fun.)