Sunday, August 02, 2009

Police overdoing not confined to Cambridge or to blacks

To be fair, Andrew Sullivan ran down most of the examples in this post I did for the Register's Orange Punch blog. They could be multiplied. Radley Balko at Reason, whom I sat next to at Reason's 40th anniversary banquet last fall, is also doing yeoman work keeping track of police outrages.

Anyway, a policemen using the taser on buttocks and genitals in Boise, a 72-year-old woman being tased for being mouthy, and a woman asked to leave a Social Security office lobby because she had in her possession those scariest of weapons, knitting needles, strike me as examples of authorities going overboard in their lust to control us and let us know who's boss. When, if ever, will people more often start telling them to shove it?

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