Letters to the editor: Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Kudos on Wednesday’s July 8 editorial regarding Roger Hatcher’s despicable actions (“Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun”). You hit the nail on the head.

There are so many things wrong with this incident, it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, it’s a sad day in America when a parent finds it necessary to run to the cop shop to corral a teenage girl. People today are either too lazy to keep their kids in line, or they’re reluctant to take any kind of disciplinary action for fear of being arrested for child abuse.

Secondly, Hatcher’s behavior seems to reflect a rampant problem these days among law enforcement. That is, limitless power, limitless firepower and limitless arrogance.

For example, fail to fasten your child or grandchild in their government-mandated car seat correctly, and you’ll be fined and charged with child endangerment.

Yet, a chief of police can fire Taser darts at a 14-year-old with impunity.

You know, the Taser was originally designed to be a less-than-lethal weapon to be used as a last resort when a conventional weapon wasn’t warranted. Now it’s being used readily for compliance. Offer up one iota of resistance and you will be tased.

Roger Hatcher was so far out of line it’s not even measurable. His reign of incompetence needs to end now. He should be fired, incarcerated and prosecuted.