Posts Tagged ‘tasers’

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

George Hearts TASERs, So Why Shouldn’t the SFPD have Conducted Energy Devices?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón wants his SFPD to be equipped with Conducted Energy Devices (CED’s, aka TASERs), but he needs to get approval from the Police Commission to get going. So he’s working the media and the Internets to get the word out about the benefits of stun guns.

Check the Facebook (started up just yesterday), the Twitter, the YouTube – the SFPD is all over the place these days. And here’s the elevator pitch for CEDs from the SFPD in a punchy 7.5 minutes. And here’s the whole news conference from today.

Chief Gascon (in conducted energy neckware) making his case today as Police Commissioner Jim “The Hammer” Hammer looks on.

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Am I missing something here? Is there some reason why the SFPD shouldn’t have CED’s? Our Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol have access to TASERS when they’re on the job in SF, so why not the police?

Next week’s Police Commission hearing, skedded for March 3rd, will give the red light or, more likely, the green light.

To Be Continued…

Both AC Transit Bus Fighters Speak Out – Planned Boxing Rematch Cancelled

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Here’s some fresh video from YouTubes’s doghousefm. It seems that the famous incident started when Epic Beard Guy Thomas Alexander Bruso boarded an AC Transit bus so he could go “to Frisco to get some weed.” His original plan for his mother’s funeral:

“I’m going to wear a powder blue fucking suit, and a white shirt and a red tie and a fucking breast cancer pin…”

Comes now the fight loser “Michael” (who appears to be on a first-name-only basis with DJ “JV“):

“First of all, I’d like to aPOlogize to AC Transit…”

It goes on and on, Black History Month, 5150, bygones, veterans, arthritis, murder, parole, apologies, brothers, stolen money, leaking, ass kicking, Strike Force(?) Showtime TV, 10,000 kids, cocaine - it goes on and on.

Can’t remember which morning-zoo / dawg-pound joint this screengrab came from. Oh yes, it was from WILD 94.9 FM:

And here’s more information about the now-cancelled plans for a rematch.

We’re approaching endgame on this one…

A Message from Thomas Bruso: “Don’t Fuck With Old Senior Citizens, They’ll Surprise You”

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well, somebody tracked down Epic Beard Guy Thomas Bruso after he got released from John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

Here he is, straight outta Caffe Trieste in North Beach, Tom Bruso:

Wow, he runs the gamut.

He mixes fact with fiction – how can you sort it all out?

Here’s the reaction on KRON 4.

How Should the SFPD Deal With Somebody Like Epic Beard Man Thomas Bruso, Tasers?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

[UPDATE: Tom speaks out on video.]

Now-famous 62-year-old Bay Arean Thomas Bruso (aka Epic Beard Man, Tom Swift, and Tom Vietnam) picks fights as he rides AC Transit in the East Bay, of course, (incident video now available in high def) but he also has been known to take BART to visit San Francisco from time to time. For example, here he is near Market Street back when he was just 48, as seen by Caliber photographer Troy Holden:

“Back in 1996, I was working at the intersection of 2nd & Market. Each and every day the man pictured above would walk by my shop, wave a loaf of sourdough in my face, and scream obscenities about the San Francisco 49′ers.”

Good times, via Troy Holden

This guy is as strong as an ox and quite onery to boot, needless to say. So, could Tasers help the SFPD control and handcuff Tom (the next time he’s off his meds) and people like him should the need arise?

Let’s find out, courtesy of footage of Tom at an Oakland A’s game last year. Is this a proper use of a Taser? I don’t know. It ended up being a time-saver for the cops, certainly. Would they have felt justified in shooting Tom with bullets at that moment? Obviously not. The question after any Taser discharge is what would you have done if you didn’t have the Taser, right?

If cops view using a Taser as a first resort, you end up with a tragedy like that of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International.

Speaking of Tasers and the East Bay, check out this excellent report from Demian Bulwa about how the BART Police Department ran the initial stages of its Taser program.

That’s a poorly-run operation. What about the California Highway Patrol? They seem to do be doing better with Tasers these days. For them, a Taser is just another arrow in the quiver. Check it, a CHP officer on San Francisco’s Octavia Boulevard with his two primary weapons, a Smith & Wesson Model 4006 semi-automatic and a TASER International X26:

  

So why shouldn’t the SFPD have Tasers? We already trust them with handguns and assault rifles, right? We’ll end up with a few more lawsuits but with fewer dead civilians. Sounds like a win, overall.

And finally, let’s hear from the RAND Coporation. They pondered the use of Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) for the NYPD and had this to say: 

“Our key less-than-lethal force recommendations:

We reviewed reports of about 455 NYPD shootings from 2004 to 2006 and identified 25 cases where we judged that had a less-lethal weapon been available, officers may have used it to subdue suspects instead of using their handguns.

We also note that when other departments have deployed Conducted Energy Devices or CEDs, commonly known by the brand name TASER, injuries to both suspects and officers have declined.

We recognize that some groups have criticized the deployment of CEDs, raising issues of safety, overuse, and misuse. As such we recommend that the NYPD undertake a pilot program for the deployment of CEDs.

Such a program should allow patrol officers in selected precincts to be trained and equipped with CEDs that can incapacitate suspects from a distance. We believe there is evidence that if NYPD officers had access to this device, some number of officer-involved shootings could be avoided, and injuries to both suspects and police officers will decline. A carefully designed pilot program conducted over six to 12 months in a few select precincts would give the department enough information to determine whether the devices would alter the way the NYPD officers apply force and whether the weapons could be used properly.”

So, it would seem a well-executed Taser program could be a good thing for the SFPD.

Oh and yes, an apology from videographer Iyanna, after the jump

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How Should You Wear Your Taser on the Streets of San Francisco?

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Now this officer hanging about the award-winning urban planning fiasco know as the Central Freeway and the Octavia Boulevard is not a member of the SFPD. No, he’s in the CHP, and this is how he carries his ‘less-lethal” TASER X26 Electronic Control Device (ECD).

That’s correct, it’s right next to his standard issue Smith & Wesson Model 4006 semi-automatic with four-inch barrel and his Swiss-ish sport chronograph (which, for some reason he wears on the right side). Of course, the T.A.S.E.R. is facing the wrong way, so that’s a good method to keep things straight when it comes time to unholster.

I’m sure there are other strategies as well, but this particular approach might be of interest to those following the case of Oscar Grant, aka the BART Police shooting of 2009.

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Of course, it’s not time yet for Tasers in the San Francsico Police Department.

To be continued…

And, hey “ladies”, what’s stopping you from getting your very own Taser C2 complete with laser pointer sighting? Amazon has a nice pink one for just $302. But it’s also available in eight other designer colors, including leopard skin. And did you know that it’s a “court-proven fact” that “not one person has died from a Taser“? (Really? Not sure about that one.) Anyway, see it in action here.

The TASER C2, Made Especially for Women. Forget Tupperware parties, today it’s all about Taser parties!

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But what if bad people get hold of these things? Well…

Unique Anti-Felon Identification (AFID) tags make it possible to identify the Owner. The Taser C2 cartridges contain 20 to 30 AFID tags that are ejected from the cartridge when a TASER is used. The AFID tags are unique and police can use these to determine the owner of the TASER in case the TASER was wrongfully used.”

Did not know that.

Imagine a world where everyone had access to Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle….