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A 17-year-old Philadelphia Phillies fan, who "scurried around the outfield" during his team's clash with the St Louis Cardinals last night, had his home run attempt brought to an abrupt end by a solid tasering. The unnamed male jumped a fence and managed to dodge two security operatives before taking a high-voltage hit from a …

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That pic is fantastic!

Makes you wonder if he spotted the taser before he got zapped. He looks a little.....concerned!!

Gave me a good ol' chuckle!!

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Joke

New tagline for Taser Inc?

"Taser: putting a zap into doughnut-stuffed cops' arrest records"

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Big Brother

Not surprised...

...the officer went for tasering rather than pursuit and apprehension; looking at the photo, that's a man who appreciates his Krispy Kremes...

REALLY BB is watching...

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Badgers

Maybe ...

... US cops wear their robocop gear under their uniforms, unlike here in the UK where it *is* the uniform.

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Don't taser me BRO!

We'll await to see what the "victim" will claim in his lawsuit against the local Police Department.

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"Tasered"?

An American radio personality asserted that the correct usage is "tased", not "tasered". Can we get a ruling from The Register Grammarical Department? Personally, I would have used "tackled and punched in the face", but I don't write these stories.

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(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "Tasered"?

I would like to answer your question with another question - why should we pay any mind to the word of an American radio personality on matters of grammar?

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The correct use of Tasers, Tasered, etc...

I was under the impression that as Taser was a brand name, it didn't really matter too much about it was conjugated into a verb.

Also, when are we going to get a tasering/electric justice icon?

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Headmaster

Taze, Tazed, Tazzen ? Maybe

I had tazzen the perp, but he twitched so I tazed him again. He screamed, "Don't taze me bro."

If we use 'Hoover' as an example, perhaps..... Or is a hoover something that hooves?

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actually,

TASER is an acronym for Thomas A Swift's Electric Rifle.

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I think the correct past participle...

... is "electrocuted."

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Dead

Lucky in the current state with the attempted bomb in NY that he didnt get a bullet in the head. Only naked people should be exempt from the tazer.

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Paris Hilton

This is the good 'ol US of A we're talking about

naked people get tased and tasered (and quite possibly taserererered as well) on the spot.

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If it wasn't for a Taser

that cop would probably be suffering from a heart attack by now. He needs a desk job.

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What's your plan here?

So basically desk jobs as a reward for the overweight donut snatchers? What an incentive!

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IT Angle

Conflicted

On the one hand, fuck that guy for being an asshole.

On the other hand, security did pretty well overreact if you think about it.

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@steven hunter

"Fuck that guy for being an asshole" ?

Forcing the guy into man-love just because he resembles to object of your affections make tasering* seem mild in comparison.

*tasing sounds stupid

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This photo will become a classic

T: Tasers are "less-lethal".

P: "Less-lethal" than what?

T: Ah, less-lethal than guns.

P: But they're not used to replace guns. See photo. There used for everything but replacing potentially-lethal gun-fire.

T: Excuse me. You're trying to apply common sense and logic to our sales pitch. It only works if you don't try to think it through.

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Precisely

"Tasing is the new 'doing anything else'", it seems.

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Trespass?

Trespassers will be electrocuted.

"Take Me Out At The Ball Game".

etc.

I wonder if this will make it onto "The Daily Show". There is at least one guy-getting-tasered video clip that they love, although I think it's because it's that guy.

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a bit heavy handed

using a taser to catch a kid.

Tubby needs his head examined, lets hope common sense previals and he's repremanded.

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Blue Haze

OH, won't somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN!!

Puleeeeze.

Dick runs out on to the field. Dick gets tasered.

I've got no problem with that. I think it should be added to the official rules of baseball.

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Fat cop

I thought you must be exaggerating until I saw the photo.

That is certainly one corpulent candidate for weight-watchers.

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What's wrong with this scene?

Presumably there's a number of reasonably healthy players of the game on the pitch. There's one *enclosed* stadium (our intrepid sprinter had to leap the fence in order to get in) and only a few ways out.

So. Why did it need a taser to bring him to a halt? Far more entertaining to let him run for a bit (like any stadia, these places look smaller than they are and he would quickly run out of steam) then round him up?

One wonders how many of these hands were hiding the mouthed words: "oh, my God" - or is violence such a routine event in the US these days that a tasering (or whatever the term is) really did provoke laughter? If so, I'm making a mental note not to go back to the US anytime soon.

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yes, PLEASE

Please do stay home where ever the hell that is.

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Just ...

...as long as you do, eh?

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Taser use in the USA

Police in training in the USA get experience in the use of the Taser. Depending on the state, 60-80% of police cadets volunteer to be hit with a Taser as part of that training. From what I am told, it sucks really bad for about 10 seconds and you remain very sluggish for 1-3 minutes.

Taser use is allowed when taking someone into custody has deteriorated to a physical 'activity' (where tackling, nightsticks and other techniques might otherwise be used). It can also be used in a vehicle pull-over if the officer deems it necessary. Tasers definitely place the safety of the officer over the safety of the apprehended person.

There have been deaths with Tasers, but they have been where the person was quite frail or has flame-accelerant on their skin. There have been far more deaths from nightsticks and physical constraint of people. Messing with the police is never for the frail.

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A Matter for Further Study...?

"There have been deaths with Tasers, but they have been where the person was quite frail..."

Such as a mouthy-though-drunken octogenerian or mouthy-though-anorexic teenager? Both classes of human be so skinny as a rule (though there are plenty of fat drunken old folk too) as to pose no real threat although one easy target to the Taser Goon Cop, imvho.

"...or has flame-accelerant on their skin."

Such as a fluffy synthetic-fiber Fashion Plate sweater? (Surely not some flammable liquid such as petrol or alky...?)

Tasing the already-cuffed and thus entirely helpless ones seems indeed to be on the rise as well. Fair play? Not by MY book...

Deaths of apparently robust suspects/perps have reportedly taken place when the ill-placed bolt disrupted the implanted cardiac pacemaker, for example. One suspects that the effects of a malplaced shot to the cranial enclosure just might likely produce a net result far in excess of the psychiatrically-approved convulsive effects as well...

Cripple gets crutch; cop gets Tazer®... Just thinkin'.

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Tom ...

... could you be a bit less balanced, please - I don't know whether to vote you up or down. "Tasers definitely place the safety of the officer over the safety of the apprehended person" is something I could agree with, because you seem to be critical of that, but "There have been far more deaths from nightsticks and physical constraint of people" sounds like you can see some benefits from their use.

Ms. Bee - can you be more careful moderating this kind of pernicious reasonableness, please?

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Terminator

Don't less-lethalize me, bro!

I'm off that field in a hurry.

Additionally, "criminal trespass" for a bit of fanservice? Well, this _is_ the US.

Next: fan chased off the field by cop-controlled predator drone directly from the donut stand.

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Nerf Guns

The Cops are using Tasers like they are Nerf (toy) Guns, the purpose of a Taser i thought was supposed to be subdue a violent offender, not stop someone running round a baseball park.

Its about time the police were sued for using excessive violence. Or better still have the Tasers taken away and have to attend compulsory fitness classes with annual fitness evaluations to ensure that they have a minimum level of fitness.

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Corpulent Cop Conundrum

I mean, what do you think the poor fatty want to do; have a heart attack chasing some silly nimrod around the field? Of course he tasered him!

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Baseball improves

They had to do something to try and make baseball interesting. Now we just need a computer game where the fat cop tries to take out the young whippersnappers running around the outfield with his Taser. They could call it Major League Baseball 2k10, and would probably get a good uptick in purchases...

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Bugger the fat cop...

Draping Paris around one of the goalposts would have stopped the young hooligan in his tracks.

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Worst. Streaker.

Ever.

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not that fat

He's not THAT fat, keeping in mind he's American.

And I would have preferred the after shot of the victim euh trespasser in a heap.

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It's tough being a Phillies Fan

Who says American Football is the only violent sport in the USA? ;-)

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American football violent?

Hardly. Play some rugby, which is kinda similar but without all the pansy padding.

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Maybe he misunderstood the song during the 7th inning stretch

Maybe he thought they were singing, "Tase me out at the ball game, tase me in front of the crowd, fry me with amperes and gigawatts.."

Come on now, everybody sing along!

I'll get my coat, my work here is done...

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Video clip here

Video here, if the link works :-)

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100504&content_id=9783864&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Serves the dude right. Spoiling such a graceful game like baseball - oh wait, never mind.

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"Dad, can I run on the field?" "I don't think you should, son."

The best part about that link is his parents' comments. His mom is more concerned with how this affects the Phillies and his dad assured everyone that, "He wasn't drinking. He was not on drugs."

All I ever really need to know about parenting, I learned from prime time sitcoms.

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Why not nail him to the ground and let the crows pick his eyes out

What is this criminal trespass? ..... you can get a criminal record for trespass! That seams a bit harsh if you have not damaged anything. We really ought to learn a little bit of tolerance - the world would tick along a whole lot better.

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Only in America I think, there's not really a criminal trespass here except for a few select designated places, and even that was a fairly recent addition to the law i think.

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"Tase Him! Tase Him!"

...the crowd chanted in glee.

That will be noted by the TV producers and, given their creativity and worship of the bottom line, we can look forward to more "spontaneous Taser events" in upcoming sports coverage. Even burned out over-the-hill personalities may make Taser-assisted comebacks - a Taser-equipped Hulk Hogan in the ring comes to mind.

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Disirregardlessly of tasering

Remember that the fans booed Santa Claus in Philly.

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Well...

Considering that Baseball over there is just about as popular as soccer in Europe and over here in Asia, I'd say the tasering was called for. Imagine if he had succeeded his plan: in jumping onto the field, running up to a rival team player and beating him up (yes, that has happened before at soccer matches, I've seen it come up all too many times in the local papers). This will almost always be followed by a full-scale riot. I'd say if the tasering had not taken place, all of hell would've broken loose.

No IT angle, just bitter memories.

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Random land mines

Now THAT would make baseball (finally) interesting....and keep the perps in the stands.

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Zap zap zap me, bro!

Anyone else think all this tasing is rather disturbing?

TASE US INTO SUBMISSION, YOU UNFIT SLOBS!

Really, they tase the shit out of people lately, for every miniscule reason. Don't like it.

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America, the land of the free

and fat

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