Cop Hits Tear-Gassed Thug With Taser and Triggers Violent Chemical Reaction
The stun gun is supposed to be a safer alternative for police when dealing with suspects who require more than just a stiff headlock to subdue. So is aerosolized tear gas.
Using the two together, however, is a pretty unwise decision — as anyone who remembers high school chemistry can tell you.
Unfortunately, police in Paris may not have been the most astute pupils back in their days at the école. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, a video that dates from 2013 but just released on social media this week shows an unlucky suspect being set aflame after police used volatile tear gas and the electric stun gun on him at the same time.
The video begins in medias res, as the shirtless suspect is yelling at police near the Place de la Nation in the French capital.
The scene unfolds amid urban unrest, and the tension is palpable.
The suspect approached one of the officers, which led to him being hit by a baton, seemingly to no effect. That’s when two officers decided to use their stun gun and tear gas, respectively. Things turned out … well, predictably. (WARNING: graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.)
While tear gas is generally not flammable, compressed and aerosolized tear gas is, as any teenage miscreant who’s used a can of WD-40 as an ersatz flame thrower can attest to.
(Your humble author would never have done such a thing in his youth, and if his parents are reading, if he theoretically did it, he only did it a few times and over at someone else’s house and it wasn’t his idea in the first place. Honest.)
Oh yes, the video. Right. After the aerosolized tear gas was ignited by the electric spark from the stun gun, the suspect then collapsed on the ground. The officer with the stun gun can be heard yelling, “Guys, don’t use gas! Who the f*** gassed him?!”
Eventually, one of the officers threw himself on top of the suspect to smother the flames and he was taken into custody without serious injury.
An internal investigation apparently found no actionable offenses committed by the officers.
Even though the video is four and a half years old — July of 2013, to be exact — it only surfaced this past week as part of a social media campaign that seeks to highlight what posters say is police brutality in Paris.
In terms of this video, I’m perfectly willing to co-assign extreme stupidity on the part of these officers. Unfortunately, this stupidity put a suspect at risk. That being said, his behavior is what led to him getting stun-gunned and gassed in the first place. Shame they didn’t realize not to do both at the same time.
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