Double Standards?

RECEIVED Fri., Feb. 17, 2006

Dear Editor,
    It's so stupid it almost makes me laugh.
    A few nights ago, APD arrested a youth after a high-speed chase and a brief struggle, during which he got a hold of a Taser and fired upon two officers. Minor injuries were had by all. He was arrested for, among other charges, assault with a deadly weapon. Um ... hello? Has the APD not spent the last several months convincing us that Tasers are not deadly weapons?
    Double standards are the surest sign of creeping injustice, and APD would do well to avoid them.
Mike Dub Wainwright
   [News Editor Michael King responds: Although we share Mr. Wainwright's skepticism about the utility and safety of Tasers, the "assault with a deadly weapon" charge lodged against Joseph Mesa on Feb. 13 was not based on his use of the stun gun; it was a consequence of his ramming a police car with his own car.]
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