Audra Harmon deserves justice, said Hillary Fields in BeliefNet. The 38-year-old mother of three was yanked from her minivan by Onondaga County, N.Y., sheriff's deputy Sean Andrews during a January traffic stop, then shocked twice with a stun-gun in front of her crying children. "Suing's appropriate and all, but in this case, I say, a Tase for a Tase. Let this zapper-happy cop feel what it's like to get shocked on the side of the road—in front of his kids." (watch police-cruiser video of tasered mom Audra Harmon)
There are two sides to the story, said James Hart in the Kansas City Star. Yes, tasered mom Audra Harmon was allegedly only going 50 in a 45 mile-per-hour zone, and, yes, all charges against her have been dropped. She says she posed no threat, but "it sounds like she was being a pill, verging on jerkhood."
That's debatable, and completely beside the point, said the Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard in an editorial. "Clearly, Tasers are intended as a substitute for more lethal force. Equally clearly, it seems neither lethal force nor a Taser were called for in the case of Audra Harmon."
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