Some screamed in pain, some made small noises, and some rolled on the floor trying to escape the electric current that ran through their bodies as they were respectively shocked by Toledo police with Tasers.
“My God, this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,” Scott Sands, 1370 WSPD afternoon radio host, said as he stepped onto a mattress.
Volunteers crossed their arms over their chest as a police officer stood on each side.
Then the familiar electrifying sound resounded. The probes emanated from the device and plugged into Mr Sands’ skin as he screamed in pain and urged Mr Cichocki to stop. Mr. Sands was slowly lowered to the ground.
“I think I went down in part because I wanted it to end,” he said. “It was definitely not a pleasant experience.”
new officers volunteered to be stunned in this week’s Toledo Citizens Police Academy class, which focuses on action-reaction and less-lethal options like Tasers. She said she decided to go through five. seconds of pain to better understand what it feels like to be dizzy.
“One of the biggest reasons why I want to do this, especially with the media, is not very knowledgeable about this. The girl said
A common question Mr. Cichocki hears is why officers would choose to shoot someone instead of using their stun guns.
While each incident is different, officers must be very close to the suspect to deploy their Taser correctly. Police may only get a partial connection or miss it entirely, he said.
In 2017, Toledo police deployed 55 Taser compared to 40 cases where an officer used lethal force – 37 of which were for injured animals. In September 2017, Shane Marsh was fatally shot during a domestic violence call after he threatened Police Officer Jonathan Curtis with a knife.
Richard Morris, Jr., and Jayvon Wynne, 22, were also shot in a December shootout with undercover detectives.
While training new recruits, training officer Kevin Dumas told them, “action is always quicker than reaction,” and officers must prepare for contingencies.