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The day of reckoning is upon me…

Posted by on Thursday, 8 November, 2007

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:
Taser Loaded
Taser Ready

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]

I’m sorry I missed your call; I was in jail on Saturday.

Posted by on Monday, 15 October, 2007

This past Saturday, I was privileged enough to be able to schedule a job-shadow with a Washington County Corrections Deputy. This meant I would be following along side a deputy over the course of an 8 hour shift helping out where able, but mainly just watching and asking questions to gain a better understanding of the job.

For the majority of the night we worked intake where all arrestees are patted down, photographed, given an ID bracelet, and all possessions inventoried and bagged. This all occurs before the arrestee is allowed in any other part of the Jail facility to await their actual booking. Essentially this is the prisoner handoff point from officer/deputy to the jail staff.

Right off the bat when I began the shift, we had one come in. He looked like a runner. Turns out we were all wrong.

So what happened to THAT guy?

On Patrol; a Citizen’s story…

Posted by on Monday, 8 October, 2007

Ok, so the title really makes it out to be more than it was, but the truth of the line still holds. As many of you know, last Saturday I had the opportunity to ride along on a shift with a Deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Citizen’s Academy classes.

A long night and a longer post… again, you were warned.