In Wyoming, police tasered a 76-year-old man, driving an antique tractor, in a parade.
You can't make this stuff up, folks.
The man, Bud Grose, is fine. The two officers shocked him multiple times with the weapon in the midst of the county's Deer Days. Thankfully, citizens of the town are holding the city administration responsible. Even more remarkable, the city officials are responding reasonably appropriately, taking responsibilty and waiting for outside review.
Why would the police taser a septuagenarian, in the middle of a fun family event?
I don't know. But I would guess it has something to do with being drunk with power - loving the physical and psychological power, and lack of accountability, that holding a taser brings. I would also guess that the vulnerabiltiy of this man and ageism played a part.
I've covered before how Tasers are often a weapon of unnecessary violence. Since I covered Antonio Love, I set up a Google Alert for "taser". You would be amazed how often stories pop up that seem to mention "taser" and "death" or "kill" or "hurt" (though the selection above is manipulated), or how often they are used to ill effect.