A 17-year-old Phillies fan (pictured above, running scared) ran on to Citizens Bank Park field last night, prompting a police officer to Taser him. Predictably, national and local outrage has ensued.
The last one might not seem relevant, but I tend to think it is. Yes, for most of us viewing at home -- and, it appears from various YouTube videos, fans in the stadium -- this young man wasn't a threat. But to an officer charged with keeping players and fans safe, it's probably not worth waiting around to see how this thing plays out.
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Philadelphia residents continue to say, "Why us!?" That's supposed to indicate that if this happens in, say, Kansas City, it doesn't matter to anyone.
But that's obviously not true: remember when former Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa was assaulted? That's what happened when security didn't get to the young fan in question.
Yes, some people might consider using a Taser in this situation was excessive. It's entirely possible that the officer could have figured out another way to apprehend the fan. And, judging by the image in which both the officer and the perp are perfectly captured in the same manner by which they'll be stereotyped, ESPN's Josh Elliott might be right when he says this could "polarize" our nation.
That said, as Enrico points out at The 700 Level, this isn't the first time a
Don't run on the field -- if you do, you are criminally trespassing (regardless of what your intentions are) and therefore you are subject to whatever police actions might be necessary to subdue you.
And now, grainy amateur video!