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BART cop Johannes Mehserle may rely on the “taser confusion” defense in Oscar Grant killing

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Comment by Found Zero
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Wait, the problem is caused by **QQ**objects that are similar in appearance, location, or function**QQ**?

The defense LEOs made to carry Tasers in the first place is TRAINING will prevent misuse. And in truth, TRAINING should have prevented this.

1. They aren**Q**t really similar in appearence but more importantly, they don**Q**t feel ANYTHING like the same in your hand. The weight of the weapon is totally different. TRAINING should have immediately sent a tactile message to the officer if not a visual one. This alone should have triggered an appropriate training response.

2. Location. All cops I know or have seen wear the Taser in a different location on the duty belt for this reason. Again, TRAINING ISSUE.

3. Function. This contradicts the philosophy of **QQ**force continuum**QQ**. In other words, in one assumes that all weapons carried by police have only one function, to kill, this is valid. But we don**Q**t (publicly) consider officers to only use lethal force every time, we expect them to use appropriate force. This is either a TRAINING issue or a SCREENING issue as WE DON**Q**T WANT HOMICIDAL COPS.

And investigators haven**Q**t interviewed the cop yet? Do you think you would be on paid leave if you just shot someone?

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