Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Don't Tase Me, Hyeongnim

Variations on the above being the obvious comment to this post at The Marmot's Hole, reporting that "[t]he Korean National Police is looking into using Tasers to subdue violent demonstrators" ─ Korean Police to Use Tasers?

I'd be very surprised if the lethal "non-lethal" weapon were allowed here. Korean cops routinely tolerate behavior that would get one Rodney King-ed backed in the Land of the Free™. One sees on television video clips of police in the station being kicked and pushed by drunks and rather than subduing the perpetartor, the police try their best to difuse the situation. On numerous occasions, I've seen (older) drivers verbally abusing (younger) policemen in pull-over situations. Wu wei seems to be the method of policing here.

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