Some of you may remember a few weeks back, during one of my Citizen’s Academy classes I had volunteered to be shot with a taser. The full post is here:
Well, I have finally obtained the video of the event.
To refresh your memory of my description of being shot, I have copied the pertinent text from the above post:
…Standing there in my undershirt and khakis, with a person on each arm, my stress level started to rise again…. I hear the deputy calling out his actions (for safety) behind me:
At this point, I had absolutely no control over my body. I reverted to what they described as “taser tourettes” and heard myself yell: Oh! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…..”
Only, it came out as “Oh FuuuUUuuuUUUuuUUUuuuUUuuuUUUUuuuuuUUUUuuuUUUuuuUUuu” in synchronicity with the frequency of the voltage running through me. My muscles seized at the -precise- moment the probes struck me, causing the exclamation, but subsequently not allowing me to either stop yelling, nor yell something else or lower my volume. I literally had no control, yet I was perfectly lucid and conscious of everything that was occurring; I just couldn’t do anything about it. As my mind continued to process what was occurring, I remember thinking, ok it’ll be done now…. ok maybe now… ok now… my god how long is this going to go?!?!?! All the time my muscles are completely contracted and I am halfway collapsed, but held up by the two volunteers and well as the rigidity of my entire body. All in all, I was tased for only 5 seconds.
Then, as quickly as it started, it was over any my body released allowing me to collapse to my knees. I was then instructed to lay on my stomach so the deputies could remove the barbed probes from my back. Oddly, this didn’t hurt at all since the probes self-cauterize as the entered. I took a second to regain my composure, and then stood up, put my shirt back on, and describe to the class what I just felt.
From the video, I could see my hands begin in a relaxed fist, then immediately the muscles contract into a very tense and malformed fist. If you were to see the video you may think that I am in pain through the full 5 second tasing; this isn’t true. There was really very little pain outside of the muscle soreness afterwards. Rather, what you are seeing is simply my inability to stop myself from vocalizing surprise; when it ends I am smiling and damn near giggling. I don’t think I’ll be doing it again, but it was a very interesting experience to finally know first hand what the body goes through when 50,000 volts pass through you. In this case the taser only puts out 7 joules, which is less than what a 9volt battery produces. Keep that in mind as I become completely and utterly incapacitated…..
[Video removed due to potential legal implications]